Shane Filan has taken to social media to thank fans for their "support and lovely messages" following the death of his mother.

The Westlife star said Mae Filan passed away on Sunday, December 15, calling it "the saddest day of my life".

He wrote on Instagram: "My mother Mae who was an incredible, beautiful woman, wife, mother, grandmother & friend passed away peacefully surrounded by all her family.

"I'd like to say thank you to everyone for all your well wishes at this time. To all the fans for all your support & lovely messages, Thank you.

"Her funeral is a very private time for me & my family to grieve & I know you all understand & will respect that."

Filan added: "If you would like to do something in her memory you can make a small donation to Sligo North West Hospice who looked after her so beautifully & peacefully in her final days and will continue to do so for so many more families.

"Thank you. Love always, Shane & Family."

Filan's Westlife bandmate Kian Egan was among those to send condolences, writing on Instagram: "We will be there for you brother through this very sad time. She was an amazing woman."