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Last Updated: Monday October 12 2009 06:32 GMT

Tests to find out how singer died

Boyzone singer Stephen Gately on stage

The family of Boyzone star Stephen Gately have said they believe his death was a tragic accident.

The Irish singer died suddenly at his home in Majorca, Spain, on Saturday.

An examination - called a post-mortem - will be carried out later this week. It's hoped it will help doctors find out how he died.

Stephen's friend Louis Walsh pulled out of Sunday's X Factor show, leaving an empty seat on the judging panel. Simon Cowell paid tribute to the singer.

He said Stephen's death was "really, really, tragic" and sent his condolences to the star's family


Ronan Keating arrives in Spain
Ronan Keating arrives in Spain

The remaining Boyzone members, who arrived in Majorca on Sunday night, described him as "our friend and brother".

A statement from the band said: "We have shared such wonderful times together over the years and were all looking forward to sharing many more.

"We love you and will miss you forever."

Stephen was on holiday with his partner Andy Cowles at the time of his death. Spanish police said there were no signs of suspicious circumstances, but the cause of his death is not yet known.

Number ones

Managed by Louis Walsh, Boyzone were one of Britain's biggest boybands and had loads of hits in the 1990s, including six UK number ones.

Their rise to fame started in the 1990s and included 16 top five hits, including No Matter What.


Before the group took a break in 2000, Stephen Gately became one of the first stars of his time to openly reveal that he was gay and had a boyfriend.

He worked on several solo projects, including starring in West End musicals and ITV's Dancing On Ice, before the boys got back together again in 2007 for a comeback tour.