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12 Oct 2009

Openly gay Boyzone star Stephen Gately found dead

Stephen Gately, of the hugely successful pop group Boyzone, who made headlines when he came out as gay a decade ago, has died while on vacation with his partner in Spain.

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died Saturday while on vacation in Majorca, Spain. The cause of death is not yet known. 

Stephen Gately in a photograph posted on his official website with a statement from his Boyzone bandmates.

The Irish band confirmed the singer's death on their official website on Sunday. "We are truly sorry to confirm that Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday, with his partner Andrew in Majorca," the site said. "We are unable to give any other details at this time."

Gately and his internet businessman partner Andrew Cowles wed in a civil union in 2006. The 33-year-old Dublin-born singer was the first member of a "boyband" to come out as gay in June 1999. He was at the time in a relationship with Dutch singer Eloy De Jong who was himself a member of Europop boyband Caught in the Act.  

According to the Guardian (UK) newspaper, Gately didn't come out of his own free will. He was approached by the Sun, a tabloid newspaper, with a story sold to them by a former bodyguard working for the group on their European tour, alleging the singer was gay.

Gately's bandmates Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch said in a statement: "We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen. We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more. Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He it up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family. We will love you and will miss you forever, 'Steo'."

The group had 17 UK top 10 singles, including six number ones, from 1993 until the split in 2000. The band reunited in 2008 with Back Again... No Matter What and a UK tour. A new Boyzone album had been scheduled for 2010.

Reader's Comments

1. 2009-10-12 15:38  
My condolences to his partner.
2. 2009-10-12 15:55  
sad to hear that our in faith had pass..my condolences to his partner and for the rest of his boyband groups,and stephens family
3. 2009-10-12 16:03  
2009 seems to be a year of falling stars. Thats why we have to live it up people. whether single or partnered, alone or wth family. just move on and live it up responsibily.
4. 2009-10-12 23:43  
the wheel of life....nothing to be sad about really, he was fortunate, he tasted so many wonderful experiences and true love it seems more than many of us have no doubt... then when ya times up it's up.
5. 2009-10-13 13:40  

Rest in peace Stephen.
Condolences to Andy, & all others close & dear to him.

To #4 aztlan_oz : Though i agree in part with you, I have to say it doesn't hurt to show some sensitivity & respect for the deceased.

6. 2009-10-13 20:42  
It is most sad for the close friends and family. It is also sad for us who loved to hear him sing.I will be happier when I know that he died peacefully with his love in life by his side or close by. It comes to us all but the young are rarely prepared .. Condolences to all who loved Stephen.
7. 2009-10-13 20:50  
A dedade ago...that was about truly to know myself too and that was in the UK....so much memories that bring to me....and now he is gone!!

Rest Peace!!
8. 2009-10-14 02:02  
My condolences to his family,friends and love ones.
I'm sorry about the news.
Life is short and have to cherish every single seconds cos we wont know when will be our turn.
Study hard,play hard but work smart til the end of our life....
9. 2009-10-14 07:33  
i miss u stephen. you are a true person.
10. 2009-10-14 13:16  
My condolences to his partner, boyband brothers and his family. Please be strong and I share the sadness with them.
11. 2009-10-16 03:38  
Deep condolences .. and symphaty, May Lord hugs U in Heaven , bro
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13. 2009-10-16 07:23  
14. 2009-10-16 07:25  
15. 2009-10-16 13:52  
RIP Stephen..... :( Miss u always.

He shouldn't have drank a lot.... Died of choking of his own vomit.

Andrew blamed himself for not taking care of him and fooling around with a 20 plus guy in the bedroom while Stephen was sleeping. sigh....
16. 2009-10-16 15:37  
There are many handsome angmo but angmo are never my type except Broadrick Mattew and Stephen Gately. So cute and so irresistible. And never forgot you brought me such beautiful song like "No Matter What". "No Matter What", I will miss you, Stephen Gately but you will always be remembered in Andrew Lloyd Webber concert that sweet smilling boy in white, so boy, boy, so cute.
17. 2009-10-17 11:31  
waiting police to investigate...
no body knew what happen.
18. 2009-10-18 00:37  
no offence but it is a rather disgusting way to die if you ask me...

19. 2009-10-18 07:20  
another idiot who literally died by choking on his own vomit after passing out from drinking too much

It's just that this time he was a somewhat famous one. Big deal..
20. 2009-10-18 19:17  
ok next!!!
21. 2009-10-23 12:39  
i am very sorry to say that, when a highly rank person is dead, then i know who is dead, but before i am in searching like this personality.
i like him and i need for next such cute. lovetowellers@ymail.com
thanks to all
22. 2009-10-24 21:43  
R.I.P. Stephen Gately

We miss your voice ...

Stephen Gately sang Chiquitita
23. 2009-10-25 23:24  
Rest in peace and ....looking forward to knowing what had happened!
24. 2009-10-29 16:19  
hi man,

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