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Stephen Gately. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Stephen Gately. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

Stephen Gately. Photo: Ian West/PA Wire

BOYZONE star Stephen Gately's family have banded together with his pop star colleagues to raise funds and help prevent other SADS deaths.

Ahead of Boyzone's 20th anniversary tour, the singers and Stephen's family have marked the memory of their deceased "brother" by creating a trust in his name.

The tragic pop star would have turned 37 yesterday.

Dubliner Stephen passed away on October 10, 2009, from an undiagnosed heart condition – Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) – while on holiday in Majorca.

In the aftermath of his death, the Gately family all underwent extensive medical tests to identify if they had inherited the condition.

 

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"It was confirmed that Stephen's only sister, Michelle, had inherited the same gene and is currently having regular check-ups and is receiving treatment," the family said in a statement.

"Michelle. with the help of her family, decided in memory of Stephen to set up the Stephen Gately Trust to raise awareness of SADS and to hopefully prevent other families having to go through the pain of losing a loved one.

"The money raised will be used to raise awareness of SADS and provide medical and other needed equipment to hospitals, schools, colleges and sports clubs."

Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham have linked up with the Gately family to become ambassadors.

Rugby player Kyran Bracken, celebrity lawyer Gerald Kean and RTE producer Bill Hughes are also listed as ambassadors.

Boyzone will kick off the tour in Dublin in the O2 on November 28.

clairemurphy@herald.ie


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