Stephen Gately, one of the leading lights of the Irish pop group Boyzone, died tragically in 2009. Ten years earlier, at the age of 23, he contributed this beautifully sung number to a CD entitled "Abbamania" that featured assorted British goups and solo artists. It was followed by a televised studio programme in which they all repeated their contributions, so here is Stephen in "Chiquitita."
Ronan Keating has said "nothing will ever be the same without our dearest friend" in an emotional statement given ahead of Stephen Gately's body being returned. Speaking in Majorca on behalf of Boyzone, Keating said: "We have had countless messages of love and support. We thank you from the bottom of our hearts." He also said the future of the band was "too hard to think about" as their world had "changed forever". The bandmates have flown to the Spanish island to take Gately's body back to Dublin. They will spend the night watching over their friend inside St Laurence O'Toole's church on the street where Gately grew up, after the singer's mother asked them to. "Stephen's mother didn't want him to be alone in the dark, so Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane have stepped up and will sit with Stephen's body," manager Louis Walsh told Sky News Online. "He was like their little brother and they want to be a friend to him in death as he was to them in life. "Stephen was a beautiful young man and we can't believe he has gone." Mass will be held at the church this evening after the singer's body arrives and a funeral service will be held at midday on Saturday. Volunteers have been working to tidy up the grounds of the small church ahead of the arrival of the mourners. Celebrity friends including Westlife, Gary Barlow and David Furnish will accompany Stephen's family and friends to the service. The singer's coffin will be carried into the church by his four bandmates and two of his brothers. Parts of the Irish capital are expected to come to a standstill as Dublin remembers the boy from Sheriff Street who achieved fame and fortune but never forgot his roots.
Boyzone - A Tribute to Stephen Gately part 1 I do not own this, no copyright infringement intended. Miss You Steo!xoxo
From November 2009. The boyz talk about Stephen's death for the first time. There's about 15 or 16 minutes chopped off at the end, but those are on YouTube elsewhere.
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Boyzone singer Stephen Gately 33 has died while on the Spanish holiday Island of Majorca.
http://video.news.sky.com/skynews/video/. Ronan Keating and the rest of Boyzone give emotional eulogies at the funeral service of their bandmate Stephen in Dublin.
Boyzone: life after Stephen Gately 21March 2010 part 1/7
Stephen Gately - I Believe
From teen idol to solo star and gay icon, a look back at Stephen Gately's career following his death on holiday in Majorca. Follow us on twitter at http://twitter.com/itn_on