Veteran rocker Eric Clapton sent a poignant message to be read out at the funeral of his friend and former roommate Martin Sharp in Sydney, Australia on Tuesday (10Dec13).

The Australian artist, who lived with Clapton in London in the 1960s, passed away on 1 December (13) at the age of 71, and he was remembered at a funeral in his hometown Down Under.

The memorial service at Christ Church St Laurence was filled with sunflowers to represent Sharp's love of Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh, and it attracted stars including Cold Chisel frontman Jimmy Barnes and filmmaker Philippe Mora, who read out a message from his friend Clapton.

It read: "Thank you for your friendship and inspiration and for just being you... I'll miss you my friend."