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Stephen Gately 1976 to 2009

Updated on July 22, 2015

RIP Stephen

Tributes are being paid today to entertainer and celebrity Stephen Gately, who sadly died suddenly, whilst on holiday in Majorca on 10th October 2009.

Stephen was 33 years old.

News of Stephen's death

16th October 2009

Band members arrive at the airport
Band members arrive at the airport

Stephen was one of the original members of Boyzone. With Ronan Keating's beautiful voice these two were the tuneful side of boy band Boyzone. Things were not always so rosy for this band. It seemed as if their fist appearance on their native Irish television may be their last. Their appearance on The Late Show in Ireland is still shown on some comedy shows and Boyzone were just so ill prepared.

Still they had talent and not only survived but went from strength to strength. Stephen Gately came out and after the initial shock of his young female fan base, Boyzone carried on as before.

Boyzone had a string of hits before lead singer Ronan Keating left to go solo. Although initially Ronan had chart success the fame and fortune that had come with Boyzone was not to be repeated.

Stephen went on to have success more in musical theatre than with chart success.

The break up caused a rift but then all of a sudden this seemed to be healed.Then, recently, following in the footsteps of Take That, Boyzone reformed. Now though they should have been renamed Menzone as they were all grown. Their original fans had grown up also and many were now Mums. However all seemed well with the world and Boyzone seems to be well and truly back.

As is so often the case in this lifer just as things were going there way diaster has struck.

Stephen Gately died on the holiday Island of Majorca. As yet the cause of death is unknown. It has been reported though that drink and drugs were not to blame.

Changes have been made to the X Factor results show on Sunday 11th October 2009 as judge Louis Walsh has had a professional relationship with Boyzone for many years. Simon sent his condolences and although the show went on it had a subdued air.

As yet details are scanty and this hub will be updated as news is revealed. For now this hub will have some musical tributes to Stephen Gately.

14th October 2009

News has been released today regarding the cause of death. It is now thought that Stephen died from fluid in his lungs. This could have been due to vomit, as in the death of Jimi Hendrix. However this fluid could also have been present due to undiagnosed heart problems.

Either way it is safe to say I guess that it was one of those things. Sad as it is such tragic accidents do happen.

Stephen's body will be flown home to Ireland where his funeral is expected to take place on Saturday 17th October 2009.

16th October 2009

Television news today has shown Stephen's body being taken to the airport for his return to Ireland. The other four members of Boyzone were with him. They seemed so touched and moved by the whole scenario this week. Life is strange like that. This time last week, presumably, all was right with the world for these guys but it is a very different tale this Friday.

The boys are to stand vigil ewith Stephen's body tonight in the Church. Understandably they do not want to leave hime alone.

Louis Walsh has already pulled out this week's X Factor show to attend Stephen's funeral.


That first embarrassing performance on Ireland's Late Show.

Beautiful version of Father and Son


Stephen opens the vocal for No Matter What


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      Eileen Kersey 6 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks for the visit Bell. Yes it is sad for someone so young and seemingly fit RIP

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      bell du jour 6 years ago from Ireland

      Reading this brought back a lot of memories for me. I saw that Late Late show back in 1993 when they made their debut, and like everyone else I laughed and didn't think that they would ever make it, but they did and were very successful for many years. Stephen's death was tragic and like every one of his Irish fans I watched his funeral with great sadness. Thanks for writing this lovely hub :-)

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Gem try not to be so sad. I know its hard though when someone touches your life well, in whatever way.

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      gem, philippines 8 years ago

      In a few hours, our gentle Stephen will be laid to rest in his beloved Dublin. Never have I felt so sad for a person I only knew in DVDs and radio. It's like I lost a piece of my heart. To Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane, I admire your genuine love and kinship, so happy to read what all you have been doing for the past few days for Steo and for his loved ones. I still feel joy each time i watch your concerts now but tinge with sadness when I watch him sing and dance with heart and soul. Ronan, who will you hug now? Tomorrow, I'll be in spirit joining Steo's funeral. See you, Bright Eyes. You have taken the most important and special journey of your beautiful life. With much love and prayers...

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      I know mouse. There have been too many such deaths this year

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      EverythingMouse 8 years ago

      This is such sad news.

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      Eileen Kersey 8 years ago from Kingston-Upon-Hull

      Thanks rnmsn and HP. It would seem that Stephen was a nice guy and so yes it will be a sad time for many. The news is still a bit spars as Majorca had a Bank Holiday, Monday 12th October 2009. We may know more tomorrow

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      H P Roychoudhury 8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      It is heartily sad news.

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      Barbara Bethard 8 years ago from Tucson, Az

      so sad to see a talented individual die at an early age...things happen that we cannot understand...his family are in need of all our prayers and positive thoughts/

      Good article ethel!