Post mortem due on Boyzone singer Gately

Mon Oct 12, 2009 5:57am EDT
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LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A post mortem of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately, who died over the weekend in Majorca, Spain, should be carried out in the next few days and his body flown home to Ireland by the end of the week, his lawyer said.

Gerald Kean also ruled out the possibility of suicide.

"I'm absolutely satisfied, from the investigations that we've made, that that's not the case at all," Kean told the BBC.

The 33-year-old singer, who caused a sensation in the pop world 10 years ago by announcing he was gay, was on holiday with his partner Andrew Cowles.

"It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up," the News of the World newspaper quoted a friend of the singer as saying.

Other members of Boyzone, which had six number one hits in the British pop charts, arrived in Majorca Sunday.

"We are completely devastated by the loss of our friend and brother, Stephen," the remaining members of the group said in a statement.

"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. Our love and sympathy go out to Andrew and Stephen's family."

The quintet was put together by pop impresario Louis Walsh, who also assembled Girls Aloud and Westlife, and was most popular in Ireland, Australia, New Zealand, Asia and Britain.

The band split up in 2000 when Ronan Keating set off on a solo career, but they reunited for various events in 2007-2008.

(Reporting by Mike Collett-White, editing by Paul Casciato)

<p>Stephen Gately of the boy band Boyzone speaks to fans at a music store in Bombay in this August 2, 2000 file photo. REUTERS/Savita Kirloskar/Files</p>