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Barlow thanks fans over baby death

Gary Barlow has thanked fans for their "overwhelming" support after his daughter Poppy was stillborn.

The singer and his wife Dawn issued a statement earlier this week saying Poppy was delivered stillborn in London on Saturday.

The star told fans on Twitter: "Your kind words and lovely messages are overwhelming. thank you."

A charity fund has been set up by fans in his daughter's memory and aims to raise £100,000 for the stillbirth and neonatal death charity Sands. A page, set up on justgiving.com, said the move is a "mark of respect".

A statement said: "As fans and many of us as parents we all want to show love and support to the Barlow family. Here we can make a difference, and leave united messages of love and support. This is a united donation from all Gary Barlow and TT (Take That) fans."

The 41-year-old singer previously spoke about how he was looking forward to becoming a father for the fourth time with his wife, a 42-year-old dancer.

The Take That star and X Factor judge announced in February that his wife was expecting another child. In April, Barlow, already a father to Daniel, Emily and Daisy, wrote on Twitter: "There's gonna be another girl in the Barlow household!"

The announcement has cast doubt on whether Barlow will appear at Sunday's Olympics closing ceremony.

The singer has been widely tipped to play the show with his Take That bandmates and a final decision is expected later this week.

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