Ronan Keating says it's been 'the hardest time' as he opens up about brother's death

The singer's big brother was killed in a car accident in July

Ronan Keating during the Flackstock festival in memory of Caroline Flack at Pangbourne, Berkshire. Picture date: Monday July 25, 2022. (Photo by Suzan Moore/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ronan Keating has spoken about the death of his brother. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Ronan Keating has opened up about his heartbreak following the death of his brother, telling fans it has been “the hardest time”.

The Boyzone star’s big brother Ciaran Keating was killed in a car accident near Swinford in County Mayo in July.

Sharing a picture of a fire on Instagram, the singer thanked fans for “the love and respect you have shown my family over the last 5 weeks”.

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Posting a broken-hearted emoji, Ronan said: “It has been the hardest time for us all, and everyone is trying to manage a life now without our brother (very hard to even type that).”

"Thank you for all your messages of support and also respecting our privacy during this time," he went on.

The 46-year-old also shared a string of snaps of him in South Africa with his wife Storm and their children.

“There is no more fitting a place to heal, than in South Africa surrounded by Mother Nature and great people and our little bundles of joy Cooper and Coco, have kept us going constantly,” he said.

“Thank you God.

“Back to work for me in another part of the world I love now… it all seems rather difficult to make sense of but trying my best.”

He finished his moving post by writing: “Take care of each other and from Storm, myself and all my family, thank you.”

Ronan Keating (centre middle left) helps carry the coffin of his brother Ciaran Keating towards St Patrick's Church in Louisburgh, Co Mayo, for his funeral. The older brother of Ronan Keating died in a two-car crash near Swinford in Co Mayo on Saturday. Picture date: Thursday July 20, 2023. (Photo by Oliver McVeigh/PA Images via Getty Images)
Ronan Keating helped to carry the coffin of his brother Ciaran Keating. (PA Images via Getty Images)

Ciaran, who was 57, died as he and his wife were on their way to see their son play football.

He was laid to rest in a ceremony in County Mayo, with Ronan one of the pallbearers.

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The star also reportedly performed a rendition of This Is Your Song in an emotional tribute to his sibling.

Watch: Ronan Keating performs musical tribute at brother’s funeral