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2012-06-08 12:10
 
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London - The mother of Robin Gibb's love-child has not been invited to his funeral on Friday.

The Bee Gees singer - who passed away from kidney failure last month after fighting cancer and pneumonia - fathered a daughter, Snow Robin, with housekeeper Claire Yang three years ago, but his wife Dwina has told friends she would be unhappy if Claire attended Friday's service, though she hasn't been banned outright.

A friend told the Daily Mirror newspaper: "Dwina has said that she would loathe her to be there but there won't be any scene whatsoever if she came along to pay her respects."

Robin had a long affair with Essex-born Claire, who was asked to leave the Gibbs' 12th century mansion by Dwina, 59, after she got pregnant.

Final goodbye

Meanwhile, fans of the 62-year-old singer can pay their final respects when his glass-sided carriage is drawn by four horses through his local town of Thame in Oxfordshire, South East England on Friday.

In a statement, his family said: "At his wish, he will say a final goodbye to fans and his home town of Thame, Oxon, prior to the funeral."

Dwina will read a poem she has composed especially for his funeral, while their 29-year-old son RJ has revealed that the hit I Started A Joke will be played at the church along with the track Don't Cry Alone - one of Robin's final compositions from his Titanic Requiem, which premiered only weeks before his death.

A memorial service for the star is expected to follow later in the year, possibly at St Paul's Cathedral.

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