Tributes pour in for Boyzone’s Stephen Gately

After the tragic death of Stephen Gately, 33, celebrities speak of their shock.

After the tragic death of Stephen Gately
, 33, at the weekend, a host of celebrities have paid tribute to him.

Grieving bandmates Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch said, ‘We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen.

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‘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”.’

X Factor judge and Boyzone manager Louis Walsh pulled out of last night’s show because he was too distraught. A spokesman for him said, ‘He is very shocked and exceptionally upset.’

Sir Elton John said he was ‘stunned’ by the death, describing Stephen as the ‘kindest, gentlest soul.’

Stephen Fry posted on a tribute on Twitter: ‘Just heard the very sad news about dear Stephen Gately. What a dreadful shock. He was loveable and sweet-natured and will be hugely missed.’

BBC Radio 1 presenter Fearne Cotton also Twittered: ‘What sad sudden news about Stephen Gately. Thoughts go out to his family and friends.’

Former Taoiseach Bertie Ahern paid tribute to Gately, ‘Boyzone and Stephen, they’ve all been part of Irish life and far wider than that, the last 15 years, and so successful, so it’s a huge, huge tragedy. It’s so sad.

‘He was 33 years of age, 15 years at the top, a fine musician, it’s just a huge tragedy to Irish entertainment, Irish music and further afield as well.’

The four remaining members of Boyzone flew to Majorca last night to console Stephen’s partner, Andy, and Steven’s family.

Stephen was found crouched on his sofa early Sunday morning by his partner Andy Cowles. It’s believed he choked on his own vomit after drinking Champagne and wine at the Black Cat bar in Palma, Majorca.

A post-mortem will take place this week.

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