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Friday 23 June 2017

'Hey Steo' - Ronan Keating shares 'hero' tribute to Stephen Gately on the anniversary of his death

Boyzone members Stephen Gately, Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch attend RTE's The Late Late Show at RTE Studios on November 23, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Boyzone members Stephen Gately, Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch attend RTE's The Late Late Show at RTE Studios on November 23, 2007 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by ShowBizIreland/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church on October 17, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
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Ronan Keating has paid tribute to former bandmate Stephen Gately on the seventh anniversary of his death.

The hugely popular Boyzone singer died in Majorca on October 10 aged 33, from an undetected heart condition.

To mark his anniversary on Monday, his friend and former bandmate, Ronan Keating, took to Instagram to share a photo of Stephen and accompanied it with a touching caption.

"Hey Steo. 'A true hero isn't measured by the size of his strength but by the strength of his heart.' - Zeus (Disney's Hercules) #ShootingStar. Miss ya Bro," - a nod to Gately's single, Shooting Star, the 1997 theme tune from Disney's Hercules.

The Dublin singer, who had previously worked as a barman, joined Boyzone in 1993 after answering an advert in Dublin to audition for Ireland's first boyband.

The five-piece band enjoyed six number one singles before splitting up in 2000.

Elton John described Gately as "the kindest, gentlest soul" and Louis Walsh, the band's manager, said he was "a great man".

Shortly after Stephen's death in 2009, all four band members got tattoos bearing the letter S and the numbers 76 09, the year of his birth and death.

Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church on October 17, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)
Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch carry out the coffin after the funeral of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately at St Laurence O'Toole Church on October 17, 2009 in Dublin, Ireland. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

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