Mourners line the streets to say farewell to Azaylia Cain

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Hundreds of well-wishers have lined the streets for the funeral of eight-month-old Azaylia Cain in her home town of Nuneaton, Warwickshire.

The daughter of former Coventry City footballer and Ex On The Beach star Ashley Cain passed away last month after facing an aggressive form of leukaemia.

Mr Cain and his partner, Safiyya Vorajee, had invited mourners to pay their respects to their daughter on the pre-arranged route of a cortege on Friday morning.

Ashley Cain and his partner Safiyya Vorajee during the funeral procession for Azaylia Cain in Nuneato
Ashley Cain and his partner Safiyya Vorajee during the funeral procession for Azaylia Cain in Nuneaton (PA Video)

Among floral tributes in a hearse which accompanied a horse-drawn white carriage carrying Azaylia’s coffin was one spelling out her name.

Writing on Instagram last week, Mr Cain said: “We would like to thank everyone for their prayers, words of sympathy & patience over the last few weeks, while we come to terms with the loss of Azaylia.

“We have been incredibly moved by the support we have received far and wide and all the beautiful gestures of kindness will live in hearts forever.”

A hearse passes during the funeral procession for Azaylia Cain (PA Video)
A hearse passes during the funeral procession for Azaylia Cain (PA Video)

Many of those lining the route on Friday applauded as the hearse passed by, and orange ribbons had been tied to nearby railings.

A fundraiser to try to help save Azaylia’s life through specialist cancer treatment had reached more than £1.5 million by the time she died.

Ashley Cain and Safiyya’s daughter Azaylia Diamond
Ashley Cain and Safiyya Vorajee’s daughter Azaylia Diamond (Anthony Nolan/PA)

Buildings and famous sites around the world, including Niagara Falls, were lit up in orange last month in support of Azaylia, and to raise awareness of acute myeloid leukaemia.

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