PORT D’ANDRATX, Mallorca – Stephen Gately, a singer with the Irish boy band Boyzone who made headlines when he came out as gay a decade ago, has died while on vacation in Spain, the group said on its Web site. He was 33.
Gately “tragically died” on Saturday while visiting the island of Mallorca, the band said in a brief statement. The cause of death was not immediately clear.
Gerald Kean, a Gately family friend in Ireland, said Sunday the singer died of natural causes, without identifying them.
“There’s no foul play involved, and it’s not suicide. It’s just a tragic accident is what we’ve been told, and we’re happy that that is correct information,” Kean said. “There is nothing untoward. It’s not drugs, we don’t believe. It’s not suicide. It’s not murder. It’s not a fight. That’s what we’ve been told.”
Kean said an autopsy was expected to be conducted Tuesday.
Gately and his partner Andrew Cowles, who were wed in a civil union in 2006, were in Mallorca together, the band’s statement said.