Boyzone star Stephen Gately dies at 33


Stephen Gately, Boyzone band member, has died suddenly while on holiday in Majorca, the News of the World has reported.

The 33-year-old singer’s cause of death was unclear but the report said he went to sleep after a night out but failed to wake up.

“It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up,” Gately’s close friend said.

Early this morning 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.”

The four other Boyzone members are believed to be planning to fly out to the island.

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Gately leaves his husband Andrew Cowles, whom he married in a civil union in March, 2006.

A rep for Boyzone has confirmed the death but details are yet to emerge.