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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
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
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, leaves Calvia Cemetery in Majorca after visiting the body of Stephen Gately
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing in Palma de Mallorca, Spain
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately leaves with two unidentified women after viewing the body of Stephen Gately at a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled out of a morgue in Palma de Mallorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled into a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaves the courthouse following a post mortem hearing on October 13, 2009 in Palma de Mallorca, Spain. Boyzone star, Stephen Gately died on Saturday night aged 33 whilst on holiday in Majorca
The body of Stephen Gately is wheeled into a funeral home in the village of Calvia in Mallorca
Journalists photograph the entrance of the hotel where members of the group Boyzone are staying in Port Andratx in Mallorca
Photographers and cameramen surround the car of Andy Cowles, the partner of the late Stephen Gately, leaving the courthouse in Palma de Mallorca, Spain after attending the inquest inquiry
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, arrives at the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch are staying following the death of their fellow band member. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.
Mikey Graham of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately
Shane Lynch (centre) of Boyzone leaves the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately
Mikey Graham (right) of Boyzone and Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, walk in the grounds of the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, following his death.
Ronan Keating of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Monday October 12 2009.
Ronan Keating (right) of Boyzone walks in the grounds of the Mon Port Hotel, in Majorca following the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately. Picture date: Monday October 12 2009.
Boyzone's Stephen Gately performing on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, Somerset.
Boyzone (left to right), Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy, perform on stage at the Big Gig Weekend at the Bath & West Showground
10/10/1996 Former Take That star Robbie Williams (bottom left) and pop star Peter Andre (bottom centre) join members of the Irish pop band Boyzone (left to right) Stephen Gately, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy (front) and Mikey Graham, for a photocall prior to the 1996 MTV Europe Music Awards in London
8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London.
12/9/1999 of Cerys Matthews, singer with Welsh pop band Catatonia, and Stephen Gately, member of boy band Boyzone, at the New London Theatre, Dury Lane, in London
5/2/2003 of Stephen Gately and Sinead O'Connor attend a party at The Old Billingsgate Fish Market, London, following Sir Elton's benefit gig at the Old Vic Theatre
26/5/2008 of Boyzone's Stephen Gately in concert at the Odyssey Arena Belfast.Gately
17/2/2003 of Stephen Gately as Joseph and Kay Murphy as Mrs Potiphar during a photocall for the new production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the New London Theatre in Drury Lane
5/7/1998 of The Prince of Wales talking with members of the band Boyzone Party in the Park, in aid of the Prince's Trust.
A cameraman films the house where Irish boy band Boyzone lead singer Stephen Gately died Saturday Oct. 11
Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone, Ronan Keating, left, and Mikey Graham, right, arrive with other members of the group at the Palma de Mallorca airport on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.
Members of the Irish boy band Boyzone from left to right: Shane Lynch, Ronan Keating and Mikey Graham, arrive at the Palma de Mallorca airport, Spain, on Sunday Oct. 11, 2009.
Andrew Cowles, the husband of Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon, leaves the Mon Port hotel, in Majorca, where fellow Boyzone members Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch were staying following the death of their fellow band member
Stephen Gately
Stephen Gately of Boyzone
Stephen Gately
File photo dated 8/5/2008 of Boyzone (left to right) Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynchy and Mikey Graham arrive at The Cauldwell Ball at the Battersea Evolution in Battersea Park, London. Gately has died at the age of just 33. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Saturday October 11 2009. The Irish pop star and actor was on holiday with his long-term partner in Majorca when he 'tragically died' yesterday, according to the band's tour website. See PA story DEATH Gately. Photo credit should read: Ian West/PA Wire
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Boyzone's Stephen Gately
Boyzone's Stephen Gately
Boyzone's Stephen Gately
The crowd goes wild for Boyzone as they perform in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast.
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Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey
Caoimhe Campbell, Lauren Doherty, Meghann McKeever and Hayley Quinnell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Margret Campbell, Francis Doherty, Maureen McKeever and Clare Campbell at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Jemma Neely and Michele Moffat at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Christine and Nollen Bannon at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Seanan Donnelly, Cara Donnelly and Michelle Corry at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
Catherine McVeigh, Nadine Quinn and Aislinn Murray at the Boyzone concert in the Odyssey Arena, Belfast
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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