Boyzone singer Stephen Gately died Saturday while on vacation in Majorca, Spain. The cause of death is not yet known.
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.
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.
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....
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....
no body knew what happen.
It's just that this time he was a somewhat famous one. Big deal..
i like him and i need for next such cute. email@example.com
thanks to all
We miss your voice ...
Stephen Gately sang Chiquitita
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