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 Wednesday, 15 January, 2003, 21:05 GMT
Private funeral for Maurice Gibb
Robin Gibb and other mourners at the funeral
Robin Gibb (r) was devastated by his brother's death
Family and friends of Bee Gees singer Maurice Gibb have attended his private funeral in Miami, Florida, following his death on Sunday.

The ceremony - held at Riverside Gordon Memorial Chapel on Miami Beach - was followed by a cremation service.

The only stars reported to be attending the service were Michael Jackson and Scottish singer Lulu - who was married to Gibb for four years from 1969.

Family and friends at Maurice Gibb's funeral
The funeral was not open to the public

Gibb died from a heart attack after being admitted to hospital for an operation on his intestines.

Barry and Robin Gibb have been talking to officials at the hospital where their brother died, after expressing their concern over his treatment.

Speaking to the BBC, the brothers - who are British - questioned whether doctors had been right to operate on him after he suffered cardiac arrest.

In an emotional state soon after Maurice's death, the brothers said they were "devastated" and "completely pole-axed" by their loss and paid tribute to the "most sweetest, generous" man.

Barry Gibb confirmed he had not been present at the Mount Sinai Medical Centre for many of the key moments of his brother's treatment and said he had been told much of what he knew second-hand.

Maurice Gibb was in hospital for an operation on a twisted intestine.
Fans were shocked at the singer's death

But he said: "We will pursue every factor, every element, every second of the timeline, of the final hours of Maurice's life."

The brothers, who have been performing together since the late 1950s, made almost 30 albums together and sold more than 110 million records in their career.

Their 1977 soundtrack to the film Saturday Night Fever sold more than 40 million copies worldwide, making it the best-selling movie soundtrack ever.

The Bee Gees management have asked in lieu of flowers, contributions be sent in Maurice Gibb's name to: The Andy Gibb Memorial Foundation, c/o Dade Community Foundation, 200 South Biscayne Boulevard, Suite 505, Miami, Florida or sent to a charity of the contributor's choice.

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