Elton John has paid final respects to his mother, Sheila Farebrother, who passed away on Dec. 4 at the age of 92 on Jan. 3. The legendary British singer-songwriter attended a private ceremony on Jan. 3 with close family members and later paid tribute to her memory in a touching letter, posted Wednesday on his official Instagram account.
Music-News reports on Jan. 3 that the five-time Grammy winner described his mother's service as “perfect.” The funeral was held at a family chapel and attended by the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer along with his mother's brother and sister.
The “Rocket Man” hitmaker reveals in the post how the family members in attendance took “comfort” in each other's company, as well as in the decision to hold the service at the family chapel. The ceremony took place in an undisclosed location near the final resting place of his maternal grandmother and was chosen as a symbolic way to reunite his “Nan” and mother.
“Thank you for bringing me into the world and for all that you have done for me,” writes the bereaved pop superstar in the close of the letter. “Love, Elton #RIP.”
The multi-platinum seller previously dedicated his breakout 1970 single “Your Song” to his late mother at his first concert after her passing, which took place on Dec. 5 in Hamburg, Germany. The beloved entertainer selected the tender love ballad because it was composed prior to achieving stardom with songwriting partner Bernie Taupin in his mother's former apartment in London's Northwood Hill. The performance can be viewed above.
The enduring pop-rocker will be honored by his peers later this month in an all-star tribute dubbed “Elton John: I'm Still Standing - A Grammy Salute.” The event will take place on Jan. 30 in New York at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
John recently announced he will wrap up his hugely successful “Million Dollar Piano” residency in 2018. The final shows will take place between Feb. 9 – May 19 in Las Vegas at the Colosseum At Caesars Palace. Get your tickets now at AXS. For all the latest details on Elton John, click here.