(CBS/AP) Crowds lined the streets of a southern English town on Friday as a horse-drawn carriage pulled the coffin of Bee Gees star Robin Gibb to his funeral.
Gibb, one of three brothers who comprised the singing trio known for its soaring harmonies, died May 20 at the age of 62 after a long battle with cancer.
A lone bagpiper led the procession through the streets of Thame, where Gibb lived. Four black horses followed, drawing a glass-sided white carriage covered in red roses that bore the singer's coffin.
The service took place at St. Mary's Church, close to the property where Gibb lived for many years. He will be buried in the backyard.
Of four brothers, only fellow Bee Gees member Barry Gibb survives.
According to the Daily Telegraph, Barry gave a heartfelt eulogy, saying, "Life is too short. In Robin's case, absolutely too short. We should have had 20 years, 30 years of his magnificent mind and his beautiful heart."
It had been Gibb's wish to "say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame," according to his family.
The U.K.'s Independent reports that during the service, Gibb's wife, Dwina, read a poem, which was followed by a performance of a song from Gibb's recent "Titanic Requiem" composition. Guests left the church to the tune of the Bee Gees song "I Started a Joke."
There's expected to be a public memorial for Gibb later this year in London.