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Irish Boy Bander Dies Suddenly in Spain

10/11/2009 11:02 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Stephen GatelyStephen Gately, part of the Irish boy band Boyzone, was found dead while on vacation in Spain. He was 33.

The circumstances of his death are still unclear -- the band released a statement that simply said he "tragically died."

Boyzone was one of the biggest acts in Ireland in the 1990s. The band had announced a comeback tour last year.

Gately became something of a gay icon in the U.K. after he announced he was gay 10 years ago. He married his partner Andrew Cowles (Elton John introduced them) in a civil union in 2006.

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31.

Kaz    

Hey nightcrawler - I love America and her people.

And don't you know, we are called Broken Britain - we've already
hit rock bottom

1735 days ago
32.

truthserum    

A gay mate of mine fell asleep with a lot of semen in his throat. The thickness of the liquid obstructed his breathing and he never awoke. If this was the case here I doubt we will ever hear the real cause of death, best that way. This happens more often than you would think I believe. RIP, you had a lovely voice.

1735 days ago
33.

kate    

@ nightcrawler

your so far out on the right, pass on my regards to Hitler and General Franco when you meet them in the afterlife.

P.s. - not sure if your aware, but Europe was around a long time before America was, by the way, we made you.

Stiofán, may you rest in peace mo bhucaill, go n-éirí an t-adh le do chlainn agus do chairde. déan do scíth faoi shíocháin. xxx

1735 days ago
34.

jenn    

i like to send my condolences to the gately family at this sad time, we here in ireland are sad to hear such tragic news.

may he rest in peace

jenn from ireland

1735 days ago
35.

Judith    

Poor Stephen. He was such a talented gentleman. My sympathy to his partner and family. May he rest in peace. Judith, Dublin

1735 days ago
36.

Missy    

11. Interesting that comments on newspapers and celebrity sites in the UK are *universally* messages of kindness, wishing he rest in peace, etc. This surprised me because I'm hyper-aware of the homophobic comments Murdoch sites (like Sky News inparticular) tend to attract.

So I skip over to an American celeb news site and in stark contrast the first handful of comments are making assumptions about drug use, and already dominated by homophobic remarks.

It says a lot about your culture, and how it dehumanizes celebrity, eh, America?

Posted at 11:21AM on Oct 11th 2009 by Fad

Read more: http://www.tmz.com/2009/10/11/stephen-gately-boyzone-dead/#comments#ixzz0TfUp9XSy


Please dont lump us all as horrible people based on stupid people who like to troll certain sites.

My condolences to his family, his partner and his fans.
From an American ;)

1735 days ago
37.

del    

11. Interesting that comments on newspapers and celebrity sites in the UK are *universally* messages of kindness, wishing he rest in peace, etc. This surprised me because I'm hyper-aware of the homophobic comments Murdoch sites (like Sky News inparticular) tend to attract.

So I skip over to an American celeb news site and in stark contrast the first handful of comments are making assumptions about drug use, and already dominated by homophobic remarks.

It says a lot about your culture, and how it dehumanizes celebrity, eh, America?

Posted at 11:21AM on Oct 11th 2009 by Fad

Fad: Head over to Yahoo Chat, the London rooms, and you'll find similar troll behavior. It says a lot about the phenom of internet trollism, not a lot about any one country. And, most people in the US have no idea who this person was, so they see young person + death and, especially this year, think drugs. As far as homophobia - wow, been to the UK yourself lately? Plenty of it to go around there.

1735 days ago
38.

get a life    

@nightcrawler

No one appointed you to speak for "America", you little fool. That's Obama's job - he was elected to do it. As an American, one of the MAJORITY that voted for Obama, let me apologize on your ignorant behalf, to the hundreds of millions of Europeans, our friends, that you just insulted.

It's a fact that this country was starting to circle the drain - on an economic, environmental, education, political, social and moral level - after 8 years of Bush & right wing policy, and taking a good part of the world with us. The jury is still out on how, if and when it can be reversed. Luckily we are still a good country, with millions of good people and endless potential for greatness. How much we're able to accomplish depends on if we can somehow overcome our difficulties, not the least of which is figuring out how to continue to grow the country in a positive direction despite pockets of noisy, misguided, fearful, small minded people like yourself. Hopefully your kind will go the way of the dodo, through education.

1735 days ago
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A. Minnitman    

I heard it was food poisoning: Too much BAD MEAT in the CAN!!!
That's some "life-style". Remember folks, just cause it looks like a sausage, that doesn't mean you should eat it! Playing hide the weeny is a dangerous hobby!

1735 days ago
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A. Minnitman    

BRAVO, NIGHTCRAWLER, I AGREE. WHEN THE WORLD'S POLICEMAN IS NO MORE, THE DARK AGES WILL RETURN. THEY'LL MISS US WHEN WE'RE GONE, NOBODY WILL BE LEFT TO HOLD THEIR FRAIL HANDS OR WIPE THEIR SNOTTY UNAPPRECIATIVE NOSES.

1735 days ago
41.

daveytazz    

Show some respect as assumptions can make fools of us all...R.I.P. Stephen

1734 days ago
42.

WhoaNelly    

"Young gay man in showbiz dies while at the Canary islands."

No, no way it was on overdose.

1734 days ago
43.

Zippy T. Pinhead    

I was there and this is what happened. Him and Lance Bass were sitting near a cliff sipping on some kind of gay-azz drinks with umbrellas sticking out of the glasses, when all of a sudden and without warning Stephens skin tight pink underware somehow flew off and fell over the cliff. Without thinking, Stephen jumped over the cliff after his gay male panties. Stephen fell 300 feet to the bottom hitting jagged rocks on the way down. Meanwhile Lance stood at the top of the cliff screaming like the little beeeetch that he is.

1734 days ago
44.

sara    

Boyzone was my fav band growing up. They were the U2 of my generation. This is very tragic

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