Westlife's Nicky Byrne mourning death of father

Thursday November 5, 2009

Westlife hunk Nicky Burne has been comforting his mother in Ireland after the sudden death of his 60-year-old father.

Nicky Sr, a musician and singer on the cabaret scene, passed away after a suspected heart attack this week.

He was known to be very close to his son, who cancelled tour plans to be with his mother Yvonne, sister Gillian and brother Adam when he heard the news.

"The boys in the band’s main priority is looking after Nicky at this tragic time," a Westlife spokesperson said.

Nicky threw a lavish party for his father's 60th birthday last year and presented him with a Harley-Davidson motorbike as a present.

He has previously revealed his dad inspired him to go into the music business, and the pair used to sing karaoke together.

"It's been such a shock. Everyone feels so sad. It was just so sudden and unexpected," Nicky's bandmate Kian says.

"A wonderful man who will be sadly missed by everyone whose life he touched. The Byrne family would like to ask that you respect their privacy at this time."

Photo: © Rex

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