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Thursday 27 November 2014

Gately's death 'leaves world less brighter place'

David Furnish at the funeral of Stephen Gately
David Furnish at the funeral of Stephen Gately
A mourner at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Keith Duffy (right) at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Boyzone members Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right) and Shane Lynch (back right) carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
The coffin is carried out after the funeral of Stephen Gately by members of Boyzone, including Ronan Keating (front left), Mikey Graham (front right), Shane Lynch (rear right) at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Margaret Gately comforts her husband Martin outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Margaret Gately comforts her husband Martin outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Martin Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin during the funeral of his son Stephen
Brian McFadden smokes a cigarette outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin following the funeral of Stephen Gately
Boyzone members carry the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone members and family gather round the hearse carrying the coffin of Stephen Gately outside St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Locals watch from a window outside the funeral of Stephen Gatley at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
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
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
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
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
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
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy look on as the coffin is loaded into the hearse after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating, 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
Ronan Keating, 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
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Guests arrive at the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Ronan Keating attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone's Shane Lynch attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Boyzone's Mikey Graham attends the funeral of Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Kian Egan of Westlife attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Men carry flowers given by Elton John to the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Andrew Cowles is comforted by friends as he attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Brian McFadden attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately
David Furnish attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Louis Walsh attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Keith Duffy attends the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin
Margaret Gately arrives for the funeral of her son Stephen at St Laurence O'Toole church in Dublin
Jason Donovan arrives at the funeral of Stephen Gately
Singer Shane Ward arrives at Stephen Gately's funeral
Fans display tributes outside St Laurence O'Toole Church as Boyzone members, Ronan Keating, Shane Lynch, Keith Duffy and Mikey Graham visit the body of their fellow band member Stephen Gately in Dublin
Stephen's father, Martin Gately arrives at Jenning's Funeral before heading to a private service and overnight vigil at St Laurence O'Toole Church in Dublin

The world is a much less brighter place without Boyzone star Stephen Gately, his friend David Furnish said today.

Furnish, who introduced Gately to his now grief stricken partner Andrew Cowles, said the singer had been full of energy and positivity.

Furnish, who attended the funeral on behalf of his partner Sir Elton John, said Mr Cowles had been in bits since the singer's sudden death.

"I think sometimes God wants the good pure souls early and that's the way I think of it. I can't make sense of it any other way because he was such a good man," he said.

"The world is a much less brighter place without him."

Furnish also slammed media speculation surrounding the popstar's tragic death.

"A lot of the things that have been written are deeply insensitive," he said.

"I think they are ignorant, I think they are ill-founded and I think they should allow him to rest in peace.

"The Coroner's ruling was decisive.

"And regardless of how anyone died, Stephen was a wonderful man and I think we should remember that and celebrate the great things he brought to the world."

Sir Elton, who is on tour, sent a bouquet of yellow flowers left just outside Laurence O'Toole Church, close to the main entrance.

Furnish said the celebrity couple introduced Gately and his partner because they were both single and he thought they would get on well together.

"They met for coffee and really got on like a house on fire," he said.

"They were genuinely happy together and loved all the same things in life.

"They had a lot of great times together."

Furnish spoke of the how the death has affected Mr Cowles.

"I can't think of more horrible circumstances in the world than being in your home and waking up the next morning and finding your partner dead," he said.

"It's unthinkable.

Furnish revealed his best memory of Gately was when he revealed he won a disco dancing competition when he was younger - and then did a dance display at their home in the south of France for a group of people he barely knew.

"He was just so full of life and so full of energy and positivity," added Furnish.

"It was really special to see."

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