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Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead
« on: October 11, 2009, 11:44:05 AM »



Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has been found dead at the age of 33, it was reported today.

Gately was believed to have been holidaying in Majorca when he died yesterday, according to a newspaper.

A friend of Gately's told the newspaper: "It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up."

Boyzone manager Louis Walsh 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."

All four remaining members of Boyzone - Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham - will be flying to Palma, Majorca tomorrow.

Boyzone star Shane Lynch told the News of the World: "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."

Ronan Keating, who is in Chicago, has been left devastated by the death of his close friend. A pal revealed to the newspaper: "Ronan is completely distraught. No-one saw this coming.

"He loved Stephen like a brother, they were so close, it's absolutely floored him.

"It's a massive shock to everyone and no one can take it in yet.

"He was a man in the prime of his life, and this is a huge tragedy."

Gay singer Gately's coming out ten years ago caused a sensation in the pop music world. He leaves a husband Andrew Cowles, who he married in a civil union in March, 2006.

Gately also became a star of theatre, TV and radio, appearing in the West End as Joseph in and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat and in the ITV show Dancing on Ice.

Boyzone had 17 top five singles and four number one albums before splitting in 2000. They made a comeback tour in 2007, however their recent 19-date Better tour was deemed a flop as the band played to half-filled arenas.

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."


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Re: Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2009, 01:09:35 PM »
Gately died of natural causes   
 

STEPHEN GATELY died from natural causes, the postmortem result on his body has concluded.

A court official in Palma, Majorca said the Boyzone star suffered an acute pulmonary oedema, an accumulation of fluid on the lungs.

Samples have been sent to Barcelona so further tests can confirm this verdict, which could back up reports that Gately choked on his vomit.

After a brief court hearing, at which Andrew Cowles, Gately's civil partner gave evidence, a judge said his body could be released to the family and taken home to Ireland so they can make funeral arrangements.

Gately, 33, was found dead on Saturday on the sofa in his luxury apartment in Port Andratx after a night out partying in Palma.

A court official said the investigation into his death will continue as a formality with Mr Cowles and one other person, believed to be Georgi Dochev, declared as official witnesses.

Gerald Kean, a lawyer acting on behalf of Gately's, said papers have been signed to allow the release of his body, but it could take a couple of days.

He said: "The family's only wish is to get their son and brother home as soon as possible."



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Re: Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2009, 06:32:56 PM »
I was a huge Boyzone fan and it really shocked me when I found out about Stephen's death  :(  hope he rests in peace