Sunday, October 11, 2009

Stephen Gately's untimely death not a suicide nor drug related, says family

Here's an update on the sudden death of Boyzone singer and actor, Stephen Gately. A spokesman for Gately's family attributed his death to natural causes and ruled out drugs and suicide. However, police are looking for a Bulgarian man who had been invited back to the apartment of Gately and his partner, after a night of drinking.

BBC reports:
Irish solicitor Gerald Kean, a spokesman for Gately's family, said: "There's no foul play involved and it's not suicide. It's just a tragic accident is what we've been told and we're happy that that is correct information. There is nothing untoward, it's not drugs, we don't believe, it's not suicide, it's not murder, it's not a fight. That's what we've been told." The family hope to have the remains returned to Ireland by the end of the week for the funeral in Dublin, he added.

Police said they were called to a house near Port d'Andratx on the western tip of the island on Saturday afternoon. "At the moment it is not known how he died," a police spokesman said. "There are no signs of suspicious circumstances." A post mortem will take place in Spain on Tuesday.
Police investigate Stephen Gately's death
Digital Spy reports:
The investigation into Stephen Gately's death will focus on a night out with his partner, sources say. Gately died in his sleep yesterday while on holiday in Majorca with his partner Andrew Cowles. The Times reports that police investigating the case have found no suicide note and no signs of violence.

A Bulgarian man who had been invited to the couple's apartment is being sought by police. A source said: "We do not think this man is involved in any way in Stephen's death but his testimony could prove vital."

Gately had spent Friday night out drinking with Cowles before returning to the apartment. The police were called at 1.45pm on Saturday, where they reportedly found the popstar in his pyjamas. "There was no suicide note or evidence of any drug use or excessive drinking and the dead man's friends were at a loss to explain what happened," an insider said. An investigator added: "He was in a strange position. He was squatting on the sofa, almost in a praying position."

The police will reportedly try to establish whether the singer had any medical history which may have caused his death. The post-mortem is expected to take place on Tuesday because tomorrow is a bank holiday in Spain. The results and a toxicology report are expected by Wednesday.
Friends and colleagues express their shock and grief about Gately's sudden death
BBC reports:
A statement from the four remaining members of Boyzone said:

"Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family. We love you and will miss you forever."

Sir Elton John said on Sunday he and his partner, David Furnish were "stunned by this tragedy".

"Stephen was the kindest, gentlest soul. We send our love and condolences to his partner Andy and to all his friends everywhere," said Sir Elton.

Irish politician, Bertie Ahern, a friend of Gately, said the singer and his group had been "part of Irish life, and far wider than that" for 15 years. "It's a huge, huge tragedy. It's so sad," he said.

Fellow Irish boy band Westlife, put out a statement describing Gately as a "friendly, positive spirit and a passionate performer".