Gary Barlow and his wife Dawn have announced the devastating news that their daughter, Poppy, was delivered stillborn on Saturday.

The Take That frontman and his wife - who have children Daniel, 11, nine-year-old Emily and three-year-old Daisy together – have appealed for privacy as they plan a “beautiful” funeral for Poppy.

Gary said in a statement: “Dawn and I are devastated to announce that we’ve lost our baby. Poppy Barlow was delivered stillborn on August 4th 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.”

Famous friends have taken to Twitter to offer their condolences and support for Gary and his family at this difficult time.

Andrew Lloyd Webber wrote: "Dearest Dawn & Gary, Madeleine & I are devastated about news of Poppy. Our thoughts & prayers are with you and your family."

Boyband JLS posted: "We send our condolences to @GBarlowOfficial and his family during this tough time..our thoughts and prayers with you..Marv and the boys x"

And Gary's fellow X Factor judge Tulisa wrote: "My thoughts & prayers are with @GBarlowOfficial and wife dawn tonight. Heartbreaking x"

Gary is expected to make a public appearance at the Olympic closing ceremony this Sunday; however, it is at the moment unclear whether or not these plans will change.