Belfast Telegraph

Monday 21 April 2014

Louis Walsh to miss X Factor as Stephen Gately's funeral confirmed for Saturday

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

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately's funeral will take place in Dublin on Saturday.

Mr Gately's solicitor and family friend, Gerald Kean, confirmed that the funeral will take place at noon on Saturday at St Laurence O'Toole's Church.

It is thought Gately's body could be flown home on Friday for a private wake at his family home.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh will miss Saturday night’s live show in order to attend the funeral.

Walsh has spoken publicly about his grief over the death of the Boyzone star, saying that he has lost his "best friend".

The pop guru spoke fondly of Gately saying he never let the fame go to his head.

"I have lost my best friend. He didn't change. They all changed a bit but not Stephen. He would do anything for his fans.

"He was the glue in Boyzone, he kept them all together."

Walsh had met with Gately a week before the star's death to discuss Boyzone's comeback album and said he'd never seen him happier.

"I never saw him in better health or better form. We had a laugh as usual, things were going so well. I can't believe he has gone."

Walsh also described how the other members of the band were struggling to come to terms with what has happened.

"They are all just devastated. Shane was Stephen's favourite - he loved them all but had a special place in his heart for Shane."

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