Belfast Telegraph

Wednesday 24 September 2014

Stephen Gately didn’t leave a will, but husband will get £900k

Stephen Gately and husband Andrew Cowles
Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Eoghan Quigg and Boyzone.

The family of the late Stephen Gately's family will get one third of his fortune — while husband Andrew Cowles inherits the remainder, it has been revealed.

Probate records show the singer, who died at his holiday home in Majorca, left £3,308,670 in the UK, reduced after liabilities to £1,489,820.

But the records disclose the 33-year-old did not draw up a will, leading to his estate being shared out according to intestacy rules.

It means his civil partner Andrew Cowles will inherit more than £933,000 while Gately's parents Martin and Margaret, who live in a council house in Dublin, stand to get just over half a million. The Gately family said they had no comment to make on the matter last night.

Cowles (32) reportedly stated last year that he would not accept any money left to him and wanted the entire estate to go to the singer's family or favourite charities.

It was also reported shortly after Gately's death on October 10 last year that Cowles believed the singer had drawn up a will and kept it at a London law firm. But a search failed to find any solicitors who had a will.

It is not known whether Gately, who was born in Dublin, had other assets in Ireland or other countries which did not feature in his UK estate.

Probate for the estate was granted to internet entrepreneur Cowles on Tuesday at the High Court and details lodged at the Probate registry in Winchester, Hampshire.

Tests showed Gately died of an undiagnosed heart condition.

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