By AMY OLIVER
Gone: The funeral of late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb will take place next week
The funeral of late Bee Gees star Robin Gibb will take place next week, it emerged today.
Only 'close family and friends' will attend the event on June 8 but a memorial service is being arranged for later in the year.
There has been speculation that this will take place at St Paul's Cathedral in London.
The hugely successful music star, who racked up decades of hits, died 10 days ago after a lengthy battle with colon cancer at the age of 62.
After having surgery for an intestinal problem he contracted pneumonia.
At one point he spent a short period in a coma, although he regained consciousness several days before his death.
His son RJ has since said that kidney failure was the cause of death.
In a statement the family requested that there should be no flowers but called instead for donations to two children's charities on the Isle of Man, 'both of which were close to the heart of Robin Gibb and his family'.
They asked for the money to go to Rebecca House hospice and Wish Upon A Dream.
Back in 1979: Following Robin's death Barry Gibb, centre, is now the only surviving Bee Gee after Maurice Gibb, right died in 2003
Private: The funeral will be for family, including wife Dwina and son Spencer and close friends
The family said further details about the memorial will be announced 'in due course'.
Although details of the funeral's location have not been announced, it has previously been reported that it will take place near to where he lived in Thame, Oxfordshire, with a service including music by the Bee Gees and Roy Orbison.
Gibb's death led to tributes from across the music world, as well as from figures such as former prime minister Tony Blair, who was a friend of the star.