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Stephen Gately

Irish pop singer, songwriter and actor, who, with Ronan Keating, was one of two lead singers of the pop group Boyzone.

All of Boyzone's studio albums hit number one in the United Kingdom, their third and last being their most successful internationally.

With Boyzone Gately had a record-breaking sixteen consecutive singles enter the top five of the UK Singles Chart.

He performed for millions of fans globally. He released a successful solo album in 2000, after the group's initial breakup, which charted in the UK top ten and yielded three UK hit singles, including the top three hit "New Beginning".

Gately went on to appear variously in successful stage productions and on television programmes as well as contributing further tracks to various projects.

In 2008, he rejoined his colleagues as Boyzone reformed for a series of concerts and recordings.
Gately wed Andrew Cowles, first in a commitment ceremony in Las Vegas in 2003 and more formally in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006.

Gately made his sexuality known in 1999 and came out in a blaze of publicity.
He was the first ever boyband member to do so.

Gately grew up in relative poverty in the poor, working-class Sheriff Street area of Dublin.
Gately joined Boyzone upon their formation in 1993. The group became known in Ireland after an infamous appearance on The Late Late Show that year, which presenter Gay Byrne dismissed—although he later concluded: "They certainly had the last laugh on us".

Gately shared the majority of lead vocal work with Ronan Keating.

After success with Boyzone, the band decided in 2000 to move on to solo projects. Gately was the first, with his debut solo single, "New Beginning", released on 29 May 2000.

In 2008 following his solo career and various bouts of acting and television appearances, Gately rejoined his old colleagues when Boyzone reformed, following the success of revived contemporaries Take That.

Gately had been the most eager to reform and urged his bandmates to come together again. They sold out two more tours of the United Kingdom.

In December 2002, Gately took the lead role in Bill Kenwright's new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

Gately split from his first boyfriend, Stephen Howard, in 1993. Howard became a heroin addict and in 1995 committed suicide by hanging.

Gately died of natural causes on October 10, 2009, due to pulmonary oedema.

Gately's body was discovered on 10 October 2009 in the apartment which Gately owned with Cowles near Port d'Andratx on the western tip of Majorca in Spain.

On 16 October, accompanied by the four surviving members of Boyzone, his body was brought from Majorca to Dublin where his funeral took place at the Church of St Laurence O'Toole the following day.

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