Boyzone star Gately dies on holiday in Spain.

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Boyzone star Gately dies on holiday in Spain.

Post by StarApple. Ü on Mon Oct 12, 2009 9:09 pm

Mon Oct 12, 3:31 am ET

MADRID (AFP) – Boyzone star Stephen Gately has died while on holiday in Majorca off the coast of Spain, the Irish band said on its website. He was 33.

"Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday with his partner Andrew in Majorca," the website said on Sunday.

The Boyzone members, including lead singer Ronan Keating, were heading to Majorca following news of the death.

The circumstances surrounding Gately's death remained unclear but the News of the World said he died after a night out.

"We're all absolutely devastated," Boyzone manager Louis Walsh told the paper:

"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... He was a great man."

Speaking to the paper, band member Shane 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."

Gately, who married his partner Andrew Cowles in a civil union in 2006, sent ripples through the pop music world 10 years ago when he announced he was gay.

He joined Boyzone in 1993 after answering an advert in Dublin to audition for Ireland's first boyband.

The band went on to enjoy huge success with six number one singles, but split up in 2000.

They reunited seven years later, but their recent 19-date Better tour failed to fill stadiums, despite offers of free tickets.

Gately also starred in West End musicals in London, including "Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat".

Boyzone lead singer Keating was "completely distraught", the News of the World said, while former Irish prime minister Bertie Ahern also paid tribute to the singer on the BBC's Andrew Marr show.

He said: "The Gatelys are in my own constituency. I know the family, I know Stephen.

"He (Gately) was with us the other night with his boyfriend Andy, he came to my book launch."

Ahern, whose daughter Georgina is married to Nicky Byrne of Westlife, continued: "It's just such a tragedy.

"Boyzone and Stephen, they've all been part of Irish life and far wider than that, the last 15 years, and so successful, so it's a huge, huge tragedy. It's so sad."

Gately last posted a message on his Twitter page on October 6, writing: "Still busy, lots going on. Focusing on finishing my book next so may be quiet here."

British actor and comedian Stephen Fry said on Twitter that he was shocked at the news.

"Just heard the very sad news about dear Stephen Gately. What a dreadful shock. He was loveable and sweet natured and will be hugely missed."


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Re: Boyzone star Gately dies on holiday in Spain.

Post by JoeyHarlequin on Tue Oct 13, 2009 1:58 am

yeah I've watched the news while doing my paperworks and I was like.. arrgh :| They're one of the bestestttt boy band ever and knowing that one of the member died it was just like a big lost!
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Post by Danica :) on Sat Oct 24, 2009 7:15 pm

yeah. i watched it in the news. :(
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Post by Meliatrix :) on Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:11 pm

Me too. I saw this on the news.
And yea, I almost cried x[ aw.
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Post by HAZEL on Fri Oct 30, 2009 3:38 pm

me too.
I watched it in the news :]
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Post by Danica :) on Wed Nov 18, 2009 2:37 pm

hmm .. condolences to everyone who loves him ..
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Post by MhingMhengXD on Tue Dec 29, 2009 3:07 pm

-- condolence :(
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