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Last Updated: Sunday October 11 2009 12:56 GMT

In pictures: Stephen Gately's life and career

Stephen Gately

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately has died suddenly while on holiday in Majorca.

Stephen Gately at the Royal Variety Performance in 1998

The 33-year-old, who was born in Dublin, rose to fame with Boyzone after X Factor judge Louis Walsh decided to put together an Irish group to rival Take That in 1993.

Boyzone perfomring in 1996

Boyzone's early singles were cover versions of 1970s pop songs and helped them to become the first Irish act to have six number one hits in the UK.

Boyzone with Prince Charles in 1998

In 1998, Boyzone performed at the Princes Trust charity event, Party in The Park.

Stephen Gately wearing a red nose to help promote Comic Relief in 1999

The following year, they topped the charts with their cover of Billy Ocean's When The Going Gets Tough, The Tough Get Going, in aid of Comic Relief.

Stephen Gately

When Boyzone decided to take a break in 2000, Stephen carried on as a solo artist but was dropped by record label Polydor in 2001.

Stephen Gately

He had greater success with TV and theatre roles, including Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and ITV's Dancing on Ice.

Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen Gately and Keith Duffy in 2009

In 2007, Boyzone got together again for a comeback tour and were due to release a new album in 2009.

Boyzone

The four remaining members of Boyzone described Stephen as a friend and brother who had "lit up our lives and those of the many friends he had all over the world".