Published on October 11th, 2009 | by Darren Byrne7
Stephen Gately 1976-2009
I‘ve just arrived home after a drunken night at the Irish Web Awards and I have in the past couple of minutes received a text message and email (and now that I check twitter……) and I see that Stephen Gately has died.
Stephen Gately, at 33 years of age, has passed away in his sleep, according to reports. Gately was an Irish pop singer, best known for being part of the boy band Boyzone. He had a Top 10 solo album in 2000, after the band’s initial breakup. Gately went on to appear variously in stage productions and on television programmes as well recording further solo material. In 2008 he rejoined his bandmates as Boyzone reformed for a series of concerts and recordings.
Gately married Andrew Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006.
A spokesman for Boyzone has confirmed the death but details are yet to emerge and his last posted message on Twitter on October 6 was simply:
Still busy – lots going on. Focussing on finishing my book next so may be quiet here.