Hundreds of mourners have paid their last respects at a moving funeral service for tragic rugby league star Terry Newton.
The 31-year-old former professional hanged himself at his home in Wigan after being sacked by his club and banned from the sport over drugs.
It is thought the father of two took his own life after plunging into depression over his career and private life.
The funeral for Newton, born and bred in Wigan, a rugby league stronghold, and a former player for his hometown club, attracted around 1,000 fans to Wigan Parish Church.
Applause rang out as his pine coffin arrived for the start of the service carried by pall bearers including former rugby league stars Barrie McDermott and Terry O'Connor and current England captain Adrian Morley.
His heartbroken wife Stacey had to be helped into church, followed by Newton's parents and extended family.
They were joined by rugby league greats of the past and present and 600 mourners inside. Many fans wore black but others were in the cherry and white of Wigan, lining the streets and in the church grounds listening in silence on a PA system.
Blowing In The Wind by Bob Dylan was played before the Reverend John Macaulay began the service.
He told mourners they had come to pay respect to Terry, whose life ended "prematurely and in tragic circumstances" but who had brought "his own vivid dash of colour and character" to all their lives.
His funeral was followed by a private burial for close family and friends, at St John's Church of England church in Pemberton, Wigan.