WESTLIFE’s Shane Filan has been ‘heartbroken’ after the death of his father Peter just 10 months after the sad death of his mother.
The 41-year-old singer called his father his “hero” and “the most important man of his entire life” in a touching tribute he posted on his social media page.
Shane also praised staff at a Dublin hospital for the way they looked after his father.
The devastated star wrote: “Yesterday Sunday October 4th my heart was broken. I lost the most important man of my entire life, my father Peter.
“He was my best friend, my lifelong guide and an absolutely amazing father. He was my hero.
“He passed away peacefully in his sleep under the incredible care of the medical team at St Vincent’s Hospital, Hawthorne Ward and my brother Peter.
“I cannot thank the staff at St Vincent’s Hospital enough for the incredible care they have all given her over the past year.
“I would also like to thank all Westlife fans and friends around the world for all of your kind messages at this very sad time. His funeral will be private for the family due to all current restrictions and security.
“For those who would like to do something in his memory, you can make a small donation to cancertrials.ie for other families in the future.
“He was one of a kind and will now be reunited with the love of his 55 year old life, my mother Mae. Together forever. Thank you. Love you always, Shane and his family.”
Peter leaves behind seven children, also father of Finbarr, Yvonne, Liam, Denise and Máiréad as well as Shane and Peter Jnr.
As well as Shane’s Westlife fame, Peter and his family were well known in County Sligo, Ireland due to their popular family cafe.
In December, Shane confirmed his mother’s death – calling it the “sadest day” of his life.
He wrote at the time: “My mother Mae who was an amazingly beautiful woman, wife, mother, grandmother and friend passed away peacefully surrounded by her entire family.
“I would like to say thank you to everyone for all of your good wishes at this time.
“To all the fans for your support and lovely messages, thank you. His funeral is a very private time of grief for me and my family and I know you all understand and will respect that.”
Mae launched her son’s stunning career by calling Louis Walsh and convincing him to give Westlife a shot.
Louis previously told the Irish Independent“She knew my mum. Mae was originally from Kiltimagh and lived in Sligo.
“Anyway, she called me and told me how good her son and the band were, and for some reason, I believed her.”
He added: “Every mother says their son is brilliant. I believed Mae Filan. I met them and there was something about them. They were tough around the edges.”