Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has been found dead while on holiday in Majorca. Born in Dublin, he was involved in acting and singing as a child and auditioned for the group, put together by impresario Louis Walsh, in 1993.
Boyzone's early singles were cover versions of 1970s pop songs by the likes of the Osmonds and Detroit Spinners. They went on to become the first Irish act to have six number one hits in the UK.
In 1998, Boyzone performed at the Prince's Trust charity event, Party in The Park.
Boyzone released a fundraising single for the charity Comic Relief in 1999. Their version of Billy Ocean's When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going topped the UK charts.
After Boyzone split in 2000, Gately continued as a solo artist, but was dropped by Polydor in 2001. He went on to pursue TV and theatre roles, including Dancing on Ice and Joseph. Boyzone re-formed in 2007.
Gately revealed he had a boyfriend in 1999 while Boyzone were still going. In 2006, Gately and his long-term partner Andy Cowles registered their civil partnership.
In his last Twitter message on 6 October, Stephen Gately, wrote: "Still busy - lots going on. Focusing on finishing my book next so may be quiet here." Here he is pictured at a film premiere in London on 4 October.
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