Boyzone fans across the globe were shocked to hear the news that singer Stephen Gately had passed away unexpectedly while on holiday in Spain.
The 33-year-old, who was holidaying on the Spanish island of Majorca with his civil partner Andrew Cowles, was found dead on Saturday after a night of drinking and partying at a local gay club.
An autopsy performed today by Spanish authorities has reveal Gately died of natural causes. A court spokesperson in Majorca said a preliminary autopsy found Gately died of a pulmonary edema. Further tests are being conducted and a full report is to follow.
A pulmonary edema, according to www.medicinenet.com, occurs when liquids from the blood vessels in the lung enter the air sacs, resulting in difficulty in breathing and low amounts of oxygen in the blood. It is also referred to as “water in the lungs”.
This would further intensify assumptions that the singer may have chocked on his own vomit after returning home from a night of consuming alcohol.
The pair, who wed in a civil ceremony in 2006, were holidaying in their house in Port Andratx. Cowles reportedly found Gately at around 1pm the next day.
Stephen Gately reached international stardom with Irish boyband Boyzone in the 1990s. The band was particularly popular in Asia with hits like ‘Words’ and ‘Isn’t It A Wonder’. After separating for nearly seven years, the group rejoined in 2007 with their latest album ‘Back Again … No Matter What’.
His Boyzone colleagues flew to Majorca upon hearing the news of Gately’s death to pay their respects. On their website they left this message:
“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 was the first member of a boyband to out himself as a homosexual.
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