Gately’s distraught brother joins grieving family in Dublin


By Rory Reynolds

THE brother of tragic Boyzone star Stephen Gately has flown from his home in Scotland to Ireland to be with his grieving family.

Tony Gately was too upset to talk about the death of his brother in Majorca on Saturday after spending the weekend at his large semi detached home in Dalkeith, Midlothian, with wife Claire and their two young sons.

Speaking shortly before setting off, distraught Claire said: “I’m sorry, he doesn’t want to talk about it just now.”

The body of 33-year-old Stephen – who found fame after Boyzone in London’s West End – was discovered on a sofa in his home in Majorca after partying with partner Andrew Cowles and another friend.

It is thought that he choked to death in his sleep after drinking on a night out.Yesterday a relative house-sitting for the couple confirmed that Tony and Claire had left for the Irish capital to join Stephen’s family and friends.

Gerald Kean, who was asked by the family to speak on their behalf, described the death as a tragic accident.

He said: “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.

“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.”

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