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."