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Ed Sheeran is brought to tears as he performs a new song at the state memorial for his friend

On Wednesday, Ed Sheeran wept as he played at the state memorial for music legend Michael Gudinski in Melbourne, Australia.

At the state memorial service, held at the city's Rod Laver Arena, the British singer became visibly emotional as he performed a song he had written just days before about his baby daughter Lyra and the late music executive and co-founder of Mushroom Records, who died in his sleep on March 2nd at the age of 68.

Sheeran, dressed in a black suit with a white shirt and tie, played three songs, including Visiting Hours, a song he wrote while in quarantine in the country, and whose theme of a life cut short brought him to tears.

According to the Daily Mail Online, before his set, the Shape of You singer told the audience: "I've never been this nervous before, and this time I'm f**king nervous. Please accept my apologies if the lyrics are incorrect. As a result, I'm incredibly grateful to be here. I understand how difficult it is to enter this country, and I don't take it for granted for all of the hard work that went into bringing me here. I truly appreciate the chance to be here."

"I was able to have a guitar for quarantine in lockdown, and I always find the best way to process things is to write music, be it good news, bad news, and here's a song I completed last week," he added.

The song's lyrics were as follows: "I wish there were visiting hours in heaven. So all I had to do was show her and inform her that she was growing older. I still wish you'd met her. I wish you had met her. All of the things she'd learn from me came from you. I wish there were visiting hours in heaven."

Later on, he returned to the stage for a duet with Kylie Minogue.