‘I will never see my baby again’: Tears for Liam
Music legend Angry Anderson's son Liam was laid to rest in a poignant ceremony attended by friends and family, three weeks after he was allegedly murdered by a drug-frenzied friend.
Liam, 26, was carried in a white coffin into a chapel in North Ryde where more than 400 mourners gathered to say their final farewells.
As The Carpenters' Close To You played, his mother Lindy broke down in the front row.
In an emotional address to the mourners, Angry looked over at Lindy as he described Liam as "a wonderful child we had raised".
A montage of photographs featuring Liam, an aspiring rapper, flashed on a giant screen accompanied by music by David Bowie.
Red-eyed after the service, the Rose Tattoo frontman was comforted by his children Blaine, Galen and Roxanne, friends of Liam's and music industry figures including band members Bob Spencer, Dai Pritchard and drummer Jackie Barnes.
Speaking after the service, Ms Anderson collapsed in tears and told The Daily Telegraph: "I'll never hold my baby boy again, life will never be the same.
"It's real now, until today I could pretend Liam's death never happened but now it's sinking in, I will never see my baby boy again."
Anderson's youngest child, Liam was found barely breathing face down in a Queenscliff park on November 4, with acquaintance Matthew Flame standing over him after a long night of partying.
Paramedics were unable to revive him. Flame, 20, has been charged with Liam's murder.
In court documents, police allege Liam and Flame met up the previous evening with friends at the Brookvale Hotel for drinks before attending a hip hop concert at Surry Hills.
Flame and Liam allegedly took a cocktail of MDMA and booze until the early hours.
About 3am the group travelled back to the northern beaches, where Flame allegedly took more MDMA and smoked marijuana before he started having heart palpitations and at one point passed out.
He later told police he feared be was overdosing and felt that that he was under the control of "something f***ing evil", police allege in the court documents.
Liam followed Flame as he left the party telling others: "He's my best friend. I would never leave my best friend."
Police allege Flame turned on Liam and launched a brutal attack, hitting him in the body and head multiple times with his fists and bare feet that did not stop even after a witness came to Liam's aid. the documents say.
They say Flame later told police he had no idea he had allegedly killed his friend until he was told what had happened later in hospital.
Anderson and Liam's siblings have insisted Flame was no good friend of Liam's.
Flame is due to reappear in court in January.