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Thursday 17 April 2014

Stephen Gately's Majorcan neighbours horrified at death of 'charming' star

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

Stephen Gately's devastated husband Andrew was too upset to speak at the couple's Majorca home yesterday.

Grey wooden shutters were closed over the windows of the couple's luxury ground-floor apartment, which sits in a tree-lined street overlooking a cove, near the upmarket resort of Port Andratx.



Two women in their 20s, both of whom looked as if they had been crying, came to the door.



One said: "Andrew is not ready to talk. I think it's too early for him to talk. He will probably put out a statement later through Stephen's management company."



Wellwishers started to leave flowers outside the apartment at Cala Llamp, near Port Andratx yesterday.



One, a Welsh woman called Sue, left a bouquet which said: "I admired you and liked you as a person, not just your talent. Deepest sympathy from David and Sue."



She said as she left: "I have not met him but I was a huge fan. He seemed a lovely, genuine person."



Neighbour Graham McDowell added: "I'm absolutely horrified like everybody else, absolutely astounded. I met Stephen on a couple of occasions. He was the most charming person you could wish to meet. He was totally genuine. I sat near him a couple of times on flights and got chatting to him. He was a very quiet person.



"On one flight I met him on I asked if he'd like a glass of wine, as I was getting one.



"His reaction was, 'Actually I'll just have an orange juice. I rarely drink'. "There are quite a few famous people living in Andratx. They choose to live here because although it's a very luxurious area, people are left alone."



Stephen and Andrew, who first wed in a commitment ceremony in Las Vegas in 2003 and more formally in a civil partnership ceremony in London in 2006, are thought to have bought their three-bedroom apartment less than a year ago.



A waitress at a nearby beach bar, called The Gran Folies Beach Club, said: "Stephen and Andy were regulars here over the summer.



"They seemed like a very nice couple -- very polite. We knew Stephen was a singer but he was very modest.



"They would often come here for a beer or two, but I wouldn't say they were heavy drinkers."

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