Fluid on the lungs killed Boyzone singer

Tue Oct 13, 2009 12:00pm EDT
 
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By Marco Trujillo

MAJORCA, Spain (Reuters) - A post mortem on Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, 33, on the Spanish island of Majorca revealed Tuesday that he died of natural causes due to fluid on the lungs, a court official said Tuesday.

"The autopsy carried out this morning did not reveal any signs of violence on the body," the Balearic Islands high court said in a statement.

The preliminary findings of the post mortem were given to the deceased Irish singer's partner Andrew Cowles, who was questioned as a witness by a judge in Palma de Mallorca.

Gately was on holiday with Cowles when he was found dead in their apartment in the resort of Port Andrax in the early hours of Saturday after a night on the town, according to newspaper reports.

"Andrew has only left the coroner's court and he is satisfied ... that it was natural causes," Gately's lawyer Gerald Kean said on Irish radio.

"There has never been any doubt that Stephen was out and had a few drinks. The suggestion of an 8 or 9 hour binge drinking session was wrong and inappropriate," Kean said.

"There is no foul play. There is no mention of drugs, it's natural causes," he said.

The News of the World newspaper reported on its website that Gately had died after having a few drinks.   Continued...

 
<p>Stephen Gately of the boy band Boyzone speaks to fans at a music store in Bombay in this August 2, 2000 file photo. Gately has been found dead while on holiday in Majorca, BBC reported on October 11, 2009, quoting the group's tour website. REUTERS/Savita Kirloskar/Files</p>