RIP: Stephen Gately of Boyzone

Stephen Gately of Boyzone passed away this weekend. Gately, solo artist and one-fifth of the Irish boy band, was 33. This is a very sad day for me as a Boyzone & Stephen Gately fan.

photo courtesy of Stephen Gately’s MySpace

The surviving members of Boyzone had this to say:

We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen. We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more. Stephen was a beautiful person in both body and spirit. He lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen’s family. We love you and will miss you forever, ‘Steo’.’ From Ronan, Keith, Mikey & Shane

Here is an excellent biography of Gately.