Stephen Gately, a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone, died yesterday while on vacation on the Spanish island of Majorca, according to a post by the group on its official Website today. He was 33.
While Boyzone declined to give further details about the cause of death, the rest of the members of the group—Shane Lynch, Mickey Graham, Keith Duffy, and and Ronan Keaning—released the following 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 lit 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 love you and will miss you forever, ‘Steo.'”
Gately had been in Majorca with his partner Andrew Cowles at the time of his death, according to the band’s website statement. The pair were wed in a civil ceremony in 2006.
Boyzone was a U.K. success in the 1990s and was one of the biggest acts to come out of Ireland in that decade, although they never had much success in the United States. After disbanding in 2000, Gately had put out several solo singles and appeared in musical productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The group reunited last year for a comeback concert tour.
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