Paul Gascoigne carried the coffin of his nephew at his funeral


Former England footballer Paul Gascoigne has carried the coffin at the funeral of his nephew.

Jay Kerrigan-Gascoigne died last month aged just 22 following a long-running battle with mental health issues.

His funeral at St Nicholas with Christ Church, Dunston, Gateshead, was attended by scores of friends and family.

Gascoigne, 48, hugged relatives outside the church and briefly smoked a cigarette while talking to mourners.

Paul Gascoigne and his father John

He then helped carry the coffin into the church for the service led by Rev David Atkinson.

Like his famous uncle, Jay suffered from obsessive compulsive disorder and received expert help during his childhood.

But, in an interview with the Daily Mirror on Tuesday, his mother, Anna-Maria, said the family had been begging for help from health experts after he became an adult.

And she paid tribute, saying: "Everybody that met our Jay knew he was the most polite, well-mannered, talented, beautiful, yet tortured soul."

A note and flowers at the funeral of Jay Kerrigan-Gascoigne

The poet and songwriter, who loved to play the guitar, self-harmed and began to use prescription painkillers heavily.

His mental health deteriorated further in March, and his mother said he begged to be sectioned.

Jay was found dead at his girlfriend's home and his 50-year-old mother believed he had accidentally taken too many painkillers.