Boyzone singer Stephen Gately dies aged 33 on holiday in Majorca
Stephen Gately, the Boyzone singer, has died aged just 33 while on holiday in Majorca.
Many will be shocked to have heard the news and to those who haven't apologies for being the bearer of such tragic news.
My thoughts are with Andy,the rest of Boyzone and of course Stephen's family and friends,such a tragic loss at such a young age defies belief-R.I.P. Stephen and thank you for being you and sharing your talent with the world xxx
The Irish star was enjoying a break on the Mediterranean island with his long-term partner Andy Cowles when he died suddenly on Saturday.
The group's tour website said that he had "tragically died" and that the rest of the band would be flying out to the Spanish island on Sunday.
It is not yet known how Gately died, but it has been reported he had gone out for drinks, returned to his accommodation and gone to sleep, but never woke up.
The boy band’s manager and X Factor judge, Louis Walsh, said he was “in complete shock” from the news.
He told the News of the World: "We're all absolutely devastated.
"I'm in complete shock. I was only with him on Monday at an awards ceremony. We don't know much about what's happened yet.
"I only heard after The X Factor and we will rally around each other this week. He was a great man."
The four remaining members of Boyzone, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch, are due to fly to Palma, the main city of Majorca.
Lynch said: "Me and the boys are flying out in the morning. We just need to get over to where he's passed and work out what we need to do."
A statement on Boyzone's official website confirmed the Irish singer's death.
It said: "Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday with his partner Andrew in Majorca. The rest of the boyz will be flying out today."
Gately, who announced that he was gay in 1999, married Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006.
After Boyzone split in 2000, Gately continued his career as a solo artist, but was dropped by Polydor in 2001 after three Top 20 singles.
He enjoyed further success performing in musicals, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat in 2003-04.
Gately also appeared in 2007 on ITV1's reality series Dancing on Ice, and was voted Hero of 1999 at the Smash Hits Poll Winners' Party.
His last message on the social networking site Twitter, posted on 6 October, said: "Still busy – lots going on. Focusing on finishing my book next so may be quiet here.”
Boyzone reformed in 2007 and announced a comeback tour last November. The band had six UK number one hits between 1994 and 2000.
Last week Gately attended the Pride of Britain Awards and the band were planning on bringing out a new album in 2010.
Scores of fans posted tributes on the singer's Facebook page on Sunday, expressing sadness and disbelief at the news of his death.
Lynda Gammon wrote: "Heaven has gained an angel. RIP Stephen, we are so shocked, our thoughts are with your family, friends and other band members."
A post by Mike Gardiner read: "This is a total shock OMG", while Joanne Bloomer wrote: "RIP Stephen. Very sad. U were a true talent!".
Although I think he didn't have the best voice in the group (Ronan Keating did), he stood out in the ground by his boyish face and lovely smile. Now Boyzone is incomplete, so sad.
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Truly a sad day!!!! :cry2: R.I.P. Stepen