During the height of their fame in the late 90s, the five members of pop band Boyzone sat around discussing their various plans for a rare weekend off. Their respective agendas involved some resolutely testosterone-charged classic rock star behaviour - car racing, several celebrity parties to attend and a spot of mandatory nightclub excess. Throughout the discussion, Stephen Gately remained unusually quiet. When, finally, his band mates demanded to know how he would be spending his free time, Gately, always the most introverted of his famous cohorts, announced somewhat sheepishly he was planning to stay at home, reading horoscopes and indulging his latest interest in New Age crystals. In truth, that was a role that never sat easily with him and threatened for a time to destroy him as he sought to hide his homosexuality from the heartthrob group's millions of adoring girls fans. And when he did finally come out in a blaze of publicity ten years ago, it coincided with him becoming hooked on drugs to deal with a bout depression so severe he became a virtual recluse who confided to friends his suicidal thoughts.
Boyzone slept on church floor with Stephen Gately's coffin to soothe his worried mum
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Georgi Dochev, pictured here on his Facebook page, reportedly raised the alarm after finding Gately slumped on a sofa "very white and cold". The friend is believed to be Dochev, a year-old Bulgarian, who the couple met up with on Friday evening at a gay nightclub in the island's capital, Palma. After several hours at the Black Cat club the three men returned by taxi to the holiday apartment in Cala Llamp at around 4am, according to local reports. According to sources speaking to the local paper, Ultima Hora, Dochev was the first to approach Gately and raised the alarm when he found him "very white and cold". Cowles is then thought to have tried to revive his partner, with whom he entered into a civil partnership in , before calling emergency services. The newspaper reported that while the exact sequence of events has not been fully established, "the investigators have learned that at some point Andy retired to the bedroom while Stephen stayed in the lounge, sitting on the sofa.
Stephen Gately death: post mortem shows Boyzone singer died of natural causes
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He and wife Storm also welcomed their new baby daughter Coco in March, making Keating a proud dad-of-five he also has three-year-old son Cooper with Storm, plus Jack, 21, Missy, 19, and Ali, 15, from his first marriage. She was born during a dark time for everybody, finding positivity was very, very important for us all, and she was that for us. Rob was in the studio the week Stephen passed. He started writing this song after hearing the news, and 10 years later he reached out to me. I remember standing in my kitchen when Rob emailed it to me, with tears in my eyes.