Shockwaves are reverberating around the pop music world with the news that Stephen Gately has died. He was 33. The cause of death is yet to be determined, but apparently, he went out the night before on the Spanish island of Majorca where he was holidaying with his husband Andrew Cowles, had a few drinks, went back to where they were staying, fell asleep and never woke up.
Gately was one of the five members of the band Boyzone, one of the most popular in the 1990s, with six no.1 singles. He bravely announced that he was gay in 1999, a step that is still uncommon in the entertainment world. After the band broke up in 2000, Gately launched his solo career. He was also in West End productions.
In 2003, he and Andrew Cowles held a commitment ceremony in Las Vegas, and when civil partnership became available in the United Kingdom in 2006, they got married.