Dublin Says Good-bye to Boyzone Star Stephen Gately


Approximately 3,500 people lined the streets outside Dublin's St Laurence O'Toole Memorial Church to say good-bye Saturday to Boyzone star Stephen Gately, who died suddenly last weekend at the age of 33.

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Gatelyphoto The Guardian reports: "After Gately's coffin was carried out of the church, the surviving members of Boyzone stood behind the hearse in a silent group, huddled for a few minutes' reflection while local women and children showered them and the hearse with dozens of white roses. As the funeral cortege made its way up Seville Place, flanked by five garda motorbike outriders, a train on the railway bridge over the street suddenly halted while thousands all around clapped and cheered. Among the celebrities who attended the funeral were the band's founder and X-Factor judge Louis Walsh, David Furnish, Shane Ward, Jason Donovan, Brian McFadden and Vanessa Feltz. Messages of condolence were sent by David and Victoria Beckham and Elton John, among others. When the Gately family, friends and the celebrities he knew and worked with had gone, five photographs of the singer at various stages of his life were left behind inside the church, and one of him together with the rest of Boyzone. Gately was later cremated after a short service at Dublin's Glasnevin cemetery."

Cowlesgately An autopsy reported that Gately had died of natural causes. There was widespread criticism this week over a homophobic Daily Mail column by Jan Moir which used rumors surrounding Gately's death to slam the gay "lifestyle" and the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships".

Gately married Andy Cowles in March 2006 in one of the first high-profile same-sex civil partnerships after they became legal in the UK.

Today, tabloid News of the World released video of the night Gately died showing the singer and Cowles leaving a nightclub in Majorca. The video appears to contradict reports that Gately had been on a drinking binge.

Watch a report on the funeral, featuring clips of Boyzone singing at the church service and Ronan Keating reading an emotional memorial, AFTER THE JUMP...

Posted October 17, 2009 at 4:45pm ETC by Andy Towle
in Deaths, Dublin, Ireland, News