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Saturday, 23 September, 2000, 12:48 GMT 13:48 UK
Celebrity friends mourn Paula Yates
Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof (centre) was among the mourners
The funeral of TV presenter Paula Yates has taken place before dozens of friends from the entertainment world.

Her former husband Bob Geldof, the couple's three children, and Yates' other daughter, Tiger Lily, were the chief mourners at the church of St Mary Magdalene in Faversham, Kent.

Annie Lennox
Eurythmics singer Annie Lennox was a friend of Paula Yates
The church is in grounds owned by Geldof. The funeral was a private affair with about 100 mourners.

Colwyn Bay-born Ms Yates was found dead by Tiger Lily, the four-year-old daughter she had by late INXS front man Michael Hutchence, on Sunday.

An inquest into her sudden death has been opened and adjourned while further tests are completed to establish her cause of death.

The huge media presence was held at the gates of the church to catch a glimpse of the mourners, which included George Michael, Bono, Annie Lennox of the Eurythmics, singer Paul Young, Jools Holland, Rupert Everett, DJ Paul Gambaccini and fashion desigher Jasper Conran.

Bono
U2 singer Bono was also there
Paula Yates' white coffin was adorned with pink tiger lilies and several other bouquets, many bearing personal messages, surrounded the coffin.

An undertaker wearing a black top hat and black gloves walked in front of the cortege as it drove slowly up Priory Row and along the drive to Sir Bob's house.

The service took place where her marriage to Sir Bob was blessed 14 years ago and where the couple's daughters Fifi Trixibelle, 17, Peaches, 10, and Pixie, seven, were baptised.

The Rev Ian Black led the service before the cortege left for Charing Crematorium, nine miles away.

Mr Black earlier spoke about Ms Yates's association with the church, saying: "She had a deep affection for Davington church.

"It is, after all, the parish church of the parish in which she lived, and in which the children still are. It is therefore appropriate that she should come here for her final journey."

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