Boyzone singer Stephen Gately dies at 33

The star's death was confirmed by the band in a post on their official website. "Stephen tragically died yesterday whilst on holiday with his partner Andrew in Majorca. The rest of the boyz will be flying out today," a statement on Boyzone's website said. The details about the Irish singer's sudden death is not immediately known but reports suggest the he died in his sleep after coming back from a night out.

Spanish police said there were no signs of suspicious circumstances but the cause of death was not yet known. The police were called to a house near Port d'Andratx on the western tip of the island yesterday afternoon. A police spokesman said, "at the moment it is not known how he died. There are no signs of suspicious circumstances."

The singer's band members are "devastated" by the news. "Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane are devastated by the news and send their deepest sympathies to Stephen's family and his many friends all over the world," the statement said. "We're all absolutely devastated. I'm in complete shock. I was with him on Monday at an awards ceremony. We don't know much about what's happened yet... He was a great man," Boyzone manager Louis Walsh said.

The four other members of the UK based boy band -- Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham , Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy- are expected to fly out to Palma, Mallorca, later today, it was reported.

Gately, who was born in Ireland, joined the band 1993, and enjoyed a run of hits in the 1990s. The band split in 2000 after chalking up 17 top 10 singles and four number one hit albums, however, they reunited again in 2007. He grabbed headlines in 1999, when he publicly announced that he was gay. The singer later married businessman Andrew Cowles in a civil partnership ceremony in London.

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