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Steve Evans: Funeral held for BBC radio cancer blogger

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Media captionSteve Evans leaves behind a wife and two daughters

The funeral has taken place of Steve Evans, who won a following of thousands by appearing on BBC Radio 5 Live to speak about his terminal illness.

The 52-year-old council worker, a part-time magician and comedian, died last month from stomach cancer.

A public memorial service was held at 12:30 GMT Monday at Wolverhampton Civic Hall, where he worked.

Magic tricks were performed and Birmingham comedian Frank Skinner paid tribute to Mr Evans.

Image caption More than 500 mourners attended a ceremony in memory of Steve Evans, who leaves behind a wife and two daughters

"He was a man much cleverer than he looked," Skinner said.

"It was his secret weapon."

More than 500 people attended the service, the first funeral to be held at Wolverhampton Civic Hall.

Speaking before the ceremony, Mr Evans' daughter Megan Evans said "We knew he was who he was. How he loved, and how he acted, and how he played.

"The fact that everyone else in the world seems to agree with us validates him as a person.

"If we live the way he taught us, then his legacy lives on."

Image caption Mr Evans' daughter Megan Evans said the way people reacted to her father's death 'validated the person he was'

Mr Evans, who had more than 26,000 followers on Twitter - whom he referred to as his "extended family" - was praised for his stints on Richard Bacon's radio show where he discussed his illness.

After the service, Mr Bacon said: "He had this way of connecting with people and he explained the experience of having a terminal diagnosis better than anyone, more insightfully than anyone, and more humour than anyone."

"He managed to have many different lives encompassed into a single life, and they were all captured and represented within the service."

A fundraising page set up Mr Evans's name in aid of a local hospice has raised almost £15,000.

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