Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 17 September 2014

Boyzone organising fitting farewell for Stephen Gately

5/10/2009 Ronan Keating, his wife Yvonne and Stephen Gately arriving at The Pride of Britain Awards 2009, Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane, London
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, leaves court in Palma Majorca after hearing the results of the autopsy
Eoghan Quigg and Boyzone.

Boyzone are organising a fitting farewell for their tragic bandmate because "it’s the way Stephen would have wanted it".

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Keith Duffy visited Jennings Funeral home on Amiens Street yesterday afternoon to arrange their friend’s burial.

Gerald Kean, lawyer and spokesperson for the Gately family, has said that “the family are so delighted that the lads from Boyzone are so involved and taking such an active role.

“It’s the way Stephen would have wanted it. Ronan, Mikey, Keith and Shane have been wonderful.”

Shane Lynch flew to London from Majorca, and is expected to meet up with his fellow grieving bandmates in the coming days.

The three boyband members also visited the Gately home in Sherrif Street yesterday to discuss the funeral with the family and to comfort Stephen’s parents Martin and Margaret.

“They are all just completely numb, but both Stephen’s family and the lads got great comfort from the visit” said a Boyzone insider.

“They now want to honour him in the best way possible at his funeral.”

At the post mortem yesterday in the Majorcan capital of Palma, it was revealed that Gately (33) had died from natural causes.

It was described as “pulmonary oedema” which is a build up of fluid in the lungs.

A spokesperson for the court has confirmed that Gately did not die in a choking accident.

“I can categorically state that he did not choke on his own vomit”.

Mikey Graham spoke out angrily at media claims that the death had been caused by alcohol or drug abuse.

“Stephen passed away innocently, unlike what some media sources are trying to insinuate.

“Their comments are so hurtful and untrue.”

It is now believed that the tragic singer died from an underlying heart condition which can cause “pulmonary oedema”.

“Pulmonary oedema” can be a result of lung infections, smoke inhalation or adverse reactions to drugs, household or illegal, but is most likely due to an underlying heart condition.

The Gately family has revealed that heart conditions have plagued the family and his mother has spoken of her relief that there is now closure on the cause of her son’s death. The family is relieved that the question of whether the singer’s death had been caused by drink or drugs has been put to bed.

“Margaret felt all along Stephen died from a heart-related problem,” said Gerald Kean.

“There is a heart condition on his dad Martin’s side of the family. The whole family are now going to have themselves checked out after this in case they have the same problem Stephen had.”

The funeral of Stephen Gately will take place in the St Laurence O’ Toole Church in Dublin’s inner city on Saturday, a stone’s throw from where he was raised.

Tragic partner Andy Cowles (32) had to answer questions on the final hours of Stephen’s life in a harrowing ordeal at the Palma courthouse yesterday.

“There were no signs of violence” said the court spokesperson. “The judge has authorised Stephen’s family to take his body back home. The court will wait on definitive results of tests from Barcelona.”

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