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Wednesday 20 August 2014

The night tragic Stephen Gately met his pop idol Michael Jackson

Stephen Gately with pop idol Michael Jackson
Stephen Gately and husband Andrew Cowles
Michael Jackson performing in London in 1993

Tragic pop star Stephen Gately fulfilled one of his lifelong dreams when he met his idol, Michael Jackson.

As this exclusive picture reveals, the late Boyzone singer came face to face with the superstar in 1997.

Fans of the high-profile singers were left stunned when both men died just four months apart in 2009.

Stephen, who died last October from natural causes at the age of 33, was just 21 when he met Jackson backstage at Dublin's RDS.

The Thriller singer was in town for a sell-out gig at the Southside venue as part of his HIStory tour on July 19, 1997. At the time delighted boyband singer Stephen expressed his joy when manager Louis Walsh managed to score VIP tickets to the gig.

The pair watched the concert backstage close to where Michael's own family were situated, with Jackson's mother Katherine also posing for a picture with the young Dubliner.

However it was the meeting with his long-time inspiration Michael Jackson that really left Stephen on a high. Posing proudly here alongside his idol, Stephen looks the picture of happiness as he and Jackson smile for the cameras.

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