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Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder laid to rest: Shaun Ryder pays tribute at funeral for bassist brother

Happy Mondays star Paul Ryder laid to rest: Shaun Ryder pays tribute at funeral for bassist brother

<div class="media_block"><img src="http://spygists.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/08/happy-mondays-star-paul-ryder-laid-to-rest-shaun-ryder-pays-tribute-at-funeral-for-bassist-brother.jpg"></div>Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for the ceremony celebrating Paul Anthony Ryder's life after he suddenly died aged 58 on July 15.

Stars mourn Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder as he is laid to rest: Shaun Ryder pays tribute at funeral for his bassist brother who died suddenly aged 58 – as he is supported by Bez, Ian Brown and New Order’s Peter Hook

  • Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for Paul Ryder’s funeral
  • His brother Shaun and former bandmate Bez were in attendance alongside Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown 
  • Musician was found dead in July, just hours before the band were due to play at Kubix Festival in Sunderland

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The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder have paid tribute to the star bassist to rest at his funeral this afternoon.

Mourners arrived at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, at 1pm this afternoon for the ceremony celebrating Paul Anthony Ryder’s life after he suddenly died aged 58 on July 15. 

The musician was found dead last month, just hours before the band were due to play at Kubix Festival in Sunderland. The circumstances of Paul’s death are not known.

In attendance were former bandmates Bez, 58, and brother Shaun Ryder, 59, Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59, and Peter Hook, 66, bassist and co-founder of New Order and Joy Division.

The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder have paid tribute to the star bassist and laid him to rest at his funeral this afternoon. Paul's brother Shaun Ryder (pictured centre) helped to carry the coffin into St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester

The family, friends and old bandmates of Happy Mondays bassist Paul Ryder have paid tribute to the star bassist and laid him to rest at his funeral this afternoon. Paul’s brother Shaun Ryder (pictured centre) helped to carry the coffin into St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester

Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59 (pictured) was in attendance

Former bandmate Bez, 58 (pictured), was in attendance at the funeral on Thursday

Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown, 59 (left) and Paul’s former bandmate Bez, 58 (right), were in attendance at St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester, this afternoon

The musician was tragically found dead last month - just hours before the band were due to play at Kubix Festival in Sunderland. The circumstances of Paul's death are not known. Pictured: Inspiral Carpets keyboard player Clint Boon (left) spoke to co-founder of New Order and Joy Division, Peter Hook, before the funeral took place

The musician was tragically found dead last month – just hours before the band were due to play at Kubix Festival in Sunderland. The circumstances of Paul’s death are not known. Pictured: Inspiral Carpets keyboard player Clint Boon (left) spoke to co-founder of New Order and Joy Division, Peter Hook, before the funeral took place

Singer Rowetta, 56 (pictured), best known for her work with Happy Mondays, was also seen outside the church on Thursday

Singer Rowetta, 56 (pictured), best known for her work with Happy Mondays, was also seen outside the church on Thursday

Founding members: The late Paul Ryder (left) pictured with his brother Shaun while performing with The Happy Mondays  in July 2012

Founding members: The late Paul Ryder (left) pictured with his brother Shaun while performing with The Happy Mondays  in July 2012

Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul.

Musician, DJ and radio presenter Clint Boon, 63, and singer Rowetta, 56, best known for her work with Happy Mondays, was also seen outside the church on Thursday.

Other members of his family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, in a service by Father Paul Smith, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford.

Paul’s wooden coffin was decorated in yellow, purple, pink and blue flowers and was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse.

Family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford

Family and friends were seen outside the Church in Swinton this afternoon, which will be followed by a committal at Agecroft Crematorium in Salford

Paul Ryder's order of service at St Charles Church in Swinton

The recessional music listed on Paul's funeral order of service was Starman by David Bowie, which is listed just above a picture of the late 58-year-old when he was performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991

The recessional music listed on Paul’s funeral order of service was Starman by David Bowie, which is listed just above a picture of the late 58-year-old when he was performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991 (right)

A colourful floral arrangement could be seen on top of the coffin as it was carried into the church by family and friends, including his brother Shaun Ryder (pictured)

A colourful floral arrangement could be seen on top of the coffin as it was carried into the church by family and friends, including his brother Shaun Ryder (pictured) 

Paul's wooden coffin was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse that was followed by his family and friends

Paul’s wooden coffin was taken to the ceremony in a black Mercedes hearse that was followed by his family and friends

Pictured: The hearse carrying Paul Ryder was parked outside St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester this afternoon

Pictured: The hearse carrying Paul Ryder was parked outside St Charles Church in Swinton, Manchester this afternoon

The Ryder brothers were the original founders of rock band Happy Mondays that first formed in Salford in 1980.

Paul Ryder was on bass, and the group’s music combined the indie rock music scene of Manchester in the 1980s with the up-and-coming UK rave scene.

Some of their greatest hits were Bummed, Madchester Rave on, Rills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, the last of which went platinum in the UK, selling over a million records.

They won the Best Dance Record for Wrote For Luck at the 1989 NME Awards, and the Best LP Award for Pills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches the following year.

Happy Mondays was also nominated for Best British Newcomer and Best British Group at the Brit Awards in 1991.

Pictured: Peter Hook, bassist and co-founder of rock bands Joy Division and New Order, attended the funeral of Paul Ryder in Swinton, Manchester on Thursday afternoon

Pictured: Peter Hook, bassist and co-founder of rock bands Joy Division and New Order, attended the funeral of Paul Ryder in Swinton, Manchester on Thursday afternoon

Pictured: Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul Ryder on Thursday

Pictured: Echo & the Bunnymen lead singer Ian McCulloch sang at the service for Paul Ryder on Thursday

Mark Berry, better known as Bez, (pictured) who was a member of the rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape was also in attendance this afternoon

Mark Berry, better known as Bez, (pictured) who was a member of the rock bands Happy Mondays and Black Grape was also in attendance this afternoon

Paul has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin. 

After their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s, Paul struggled with heroin addictions. 

He told The Mirror in 2019: ‘We couldn’t have Calpol for the kids. I’d drink the lot.’ 

In a candid interview in 2007, he said of the drug use: ‘It was wild. I was 18 and recording an album. I’d learnt how to read and write at school but my real education began with the Mondays.

When he died, Happy Mondays paid tribute with a Facebook post which read: ‘The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning.

‘A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time.’

Pictured: Shaun Ryder shakes the hand of Father Paul Smith who lead the service for his brother's funeral in Swinton, Manchester, today

Pictured: Shaun Ryder shakes the hand of Father Paul Smith who lead the service for his brother’s funeral in Swinton, Manchester, today

Happy Mondays bandmate Bez at the funeral this afternoon

Pictured: Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown

Happy Mondays music combined the indie rock music scene of Manchester in the 1980s with the up-and-coming UK rave scene, with some of their greatest hits including Bummed, Madchester Rave on, Rills ‘n’ Thrills and Bellyaches, the last of which went platinum in the UK, selling over a million records. Pictured left: Happy Mondays bandmate Bez, and Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown (right)

Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown (pictured) at the funeral of Happy Mondays' Paul Ryder, who he described as a 'great friend, a great musician' and 'a great fella' in his tribute posted on Twitter last month

Stone Roses lead singer Ian Brown (pictured) at the funeral of Happy Mondays’ Paul Ryder, who he described as a ‘great friend, a great musician’ and ‘a great fella’ in his tribute posted on Twitter last month

Shaun Ryder (pictured) wore dark aviator style sunglasses at the funeral of his brother, Paul, on Thursday

Shaun Ryder (pictured) wore dark aviator style sunglasses at the funeral of his brother, Paul, on Thursday

Guests are pictured at the funeral of Paul Ryder at St Charles Church, Swinton, Manchester, earlier this afternoon following his sudden death last month

Guests are pictured at the funeral of Paul Ryder at St Charles Church, Swinton, Manchester, earlier this afternoon following his sudden death last month

Following the news of Paul’s death, fans and showbiz stars rushed to offer their condolences on social media.

The band Fat Cops wrote on Twitter: ‘RIP Paul Ryder, who was a good friend to us when we toured with Happy Mondays. Hell of a bass player.’

Founding member of Oasis Paul Arthurs shared: ‘Thoughts with you all Shaun, sad news xxxxx.’ 

While musician Rob Smith shared: ‘RIP Paul Ryder.’

DJ Grahame Park added: ‘No! Very sad news. Sorry for your loss. Sending love.’ 

UB40’s Ali Campbell offered his sympathy adding: ‘Condolences to you and yours Shaun! Stay strong, Big Love.’ 

Pictured: The late Paul Ryder performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991

Pictured: The late Paul Ryder performing at the Rock in Rio festival in Brazil in February 1991

Paul (pictured right alongside his brother Shaun) has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin. After their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s, Paul struggled with heroin addictions. He told The Mirror in 2019: 'We couldn't have Calpol for the kids. I'd drink the lot'

Paul (pictured right alongside his brother Shaun) has previously been very open about his addiction battles in the early days of the band and used heroin. After their heyday in the late 80s and early 90s, Paul struggled with heroin addictions. He told The Mirror in 2019: ‘We couldn’t have Calpol for the kids. I’d drink the lot’ 

The late Paul Ryder (pictured on stage) was on bass, and the group's music combined the indie rock music scene of Manchester in the 1980s with the up-and-coming UK rave scene

The late Paul Ryder (pictured on stage) was on bass, and the group’s music combined the indie rock music scene of Manchester in the 1980s with the up-and-coming UK rave scene 

When he died, Happy Mondays paid tribute with a Facebook post which read: 'The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning. A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time'

When he died, Happy Mondays paid tribute with a Facebook post which read: ‘The Ryder family and Happy Mondays band members are deeply saddened and shocked to say that Paul Ryder passed away this morning. A true pioneer and legend. He will be forever missed. We thank you for respecting the privacy of all concerned at this time’

In Paul's funeral precession it included a message from his family that read: 'Paul’s family wish to express their sincere thanks to you all for all the many kind messages of sympathy, love and support received at this very sad time, and for your attendance of this service to celebrate the life of a very special man'

In Paul’s funeral precession it included a message from his family that read: ‘Paul’s family wish to express their sincere thanks to you all for all the many kind messages of sympathy, love and support received at this very sad time, and for your attendance of this service to celebrate the life of a very special man’

Pictured: Family members and friends hugged each other as they attended Paul Ryder's funeral on Thursday afternoon

Pictured: Family members and friends hugged each other as they attended Paul Ryder’s funeral on Thursday afternoon

Pictured: Shaun Ryder spoke with family and friends outside the church before the funeral began on Thursday

Pictured: Shaun Ryder spoke with family and friends outside the church before the funeral began on Thursday

Ian Brown (pictured middle) waited with family and friends of the late Mr Ryder outside of the church before the funeral began

Ian Brown (pictured middle) waited with family and friends of the late Mr Ryder outside of the church before the funeral began

Shaun Ryder and other family and friends lined up as they waited to carry Paul's coffin into the church

Shaun Ryder and other family and friends lined up as they waited to carry Paul’s coffin into the church

Pictured: Paul Ryder's coffin was carried into the church by family and friends including his brother Shaun

Pictured: Paul Ryder’s coffin was carried into the church by family and friends including his brother Shaun

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