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Boyzone reunite to mark tragic Steo's birthday

BOYZONE'S Keith Duffy, Ronan Keating and Shane Lynch marked Stephen Gately's birthday by meeting up in England and toasting his memory.

The chart-topping singers meet up on St Patrick's Day every year with his brother Tony Gately – and this year was no exception to the rule.

Posting a tribute to the late Dublin star, Ronan Keating wrote: "Happy Birthday brother. Eternally young and beautiful. Miss ya always."

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.

His sibling Tony said: "Happy birthday Ste. Love and miss you so much. Will be celebrating your birthday with your other brothers tonight."

Their sister Michelle echoed his comments, adding: "Love and miss you every day. Happy birthday Stephen."

Members of the Gately family released balloons as they remembered the sad day.

In 2011, the star's family marked the day by setting up the Stephen Gately Trust to raise awareness of Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome.

Stephen died tragically in October 2009, while at his holiday home in Mallorca, from an undiagnosed heart condition. He was aged just 33.

A report revealed the star suffered from atheromatosis, a thickening of the arteries.

PARTYING

It also said he was dead for eight hours before being found.

Gately was discovered by a Bulgarian who had been partying with him and his civil partner Andrew Cowles after their night out on the Spanish island.

A preliminary pathology report said the star died from an acute pulmonary oedema, a build-up of fluid on the lungs caused by the atheromatosis.

Last year, Boyzone released their 20-year anniversary album, but they were slapped with a legal ban preventing them from using Stephen's voice on the record.

MFINN@HERALD.IE


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