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Bap Kennedy funeral: Scores of mourners say their final farewell to Belfast singer

Published 04/11/2016

Mother Far right and step daughter (blue coat) Chrstine and Sister Marian (left)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mother Far right and step daughter (blue coat) Chrstine and Sister Marian (left) Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Duke Special (Dreadlocks) Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Brenda (right) with step daughter Chrstine (blue coat) and Sister Marian (left) Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mother Lily. Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mother Lily. Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Mother Lily. Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Sister Marian Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Family and friends attend the funeral of Martin (Bap) Kennedy on November 4th 2016 in Belfast , Northern Ireland (Photo by Kevin Scott / Belfast Telegraph)
Bap Kennedy and his wife Brenda
Bap Kennedy
Bap Kennedy performing at the Limelight for, Vibes for Terri - a benefit for Terri Hooley. December 28th 2014. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Bap Kennedy at home with his wife Brenda

Belfast singer Bap Kennedy has been laid to rest following a funeral at Roselawn Cemetery.

The musician passed away earlier this week following a battle with pancreatic cancer.

The 54-year-old former Energy Orchard frontman had been receiving palliative care at the Marie Curie Hospice.

His family announced the sad news on Tuesday in a statement on Bap's Facebook page.

"We are devastated to announce that Bap passed away this evening. Bap was extremely brave until the end," the statement said.

"We would like to thank everybody for their kind messages of support over the past few months, these meant a lot to Bap and Brenda and helped Bap stay positive throughout his illness.

"We are also extremely grateful to all the staff at the Marie Curie hospice for their kindness and warmheartedness during his stay."

Tributes have been paid to him from across the entertainment world.

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Bap had collaborated with Steve Earle, Mark Knopfler, Shane MacGowan and Van Morrison.

He had just finished recording his new album Reckless Heart when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer.

The album will be released next month.

Bap Kennedy and his wife Brenda
Bap Kennedy and his wife Brenda
Bap Kennedy
Bap Kennedy performing at the Limelight for, Vibes for Terri - a benefit for Terri Hooley. December 28th 2014. Picture by Liam McBurney/RAZORPIX
Bap Kennedy at home with his wife Brenda

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