Gary Barlow, the singer-songwriter, and his wife are in mourning after their baby daughter Poppy was delivered stillborn at a London hospital.
Barlow's wife, Dawn, was eight months pregnant and the former Take That member had tweeted on 5 July that Poppy was due to be born in seven weeks' time.
A statement issued through Barlow's agent said: "Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we've lost our baby. Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4 in London."
"Our focus now is giving her a beautiful funeral and loving our three children with all our hearts. We'd ask at this painful time that our privacy be respected."
The 41-year-old singer had previously spoken about how he was looking forward to becoming a father for the fourth time with his wife, a 42-year-old dancer.
Speaking at the time, he told fans: "We are a very excited family."
Friends and colleagues of the singer expressed their condolences to the Barlow family on Twitter.
Tulisa Contostavlos, a fellow judge on the X Factor, wrote: "My thoughts & prayers are with GBarlowOfficial and wife dawn tonight. Heartbreaking x."
Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: "Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family. GBarlowOfficial."
Una Healy from girl group The Saturdays, who recently became a mother for the first time, wrote: "My thoughts and prayers go out to GBarlowOfficial and his wife and family such sad news RIP Poppy x."
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