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Speculation mounts over Stephen Gately's death

News of Stephen Gately’s untimely and tragic demise filled up the tabloids and various other entertainment news channels over the weekend, with lots of speculation about how he died flying around the rumour mill.

However, reports now suggest that the former Boyzone star died after a night out with friends that ended with what police believe saw him choking on his own vomit after a few hours of cocktail drinking at a bar near his and his partner’s holiday home on Majorca. There is as yet no suspicion of foul play.

‘We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen,’ said his former bandmates. ‘We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were looking forward to 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. We love you and will miss you forever, “Steo”.’

Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul,’ said Elton John, who helped Gately through depression when Boyzone split up in 2000. ‘We send our love and condolences to his partner Andy and his friends everywhere.’

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