Ronan Keating Pays Emotional Tribute at Stephen Gately's Funeral

October 19, 2009 04:26:51 GMT

Ronan remembers Stephen as a person who had a good sense of humor and recalls how he gave each of his Boyzone bandmates different nicknames.

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The life of late boybander Stephen Gately was celebrated in a funeral ceremony in his native Dublin, Ireland on Saturday, October 17, during when Boyzone bandmate Ronan Keating delivered an emotional tribute, recalling the sweet memories they spent together with the rest of the music act. The private event, taking place at St Lawrence O'Toole church, was attended by close friends and family. Fans gathered outside the building as they listened to Ronan's eulogy.

In his tribute, Ronan recounted how Stephen loved to laugh and give nicknames for him as well as bandmates Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, and Shane Lynch. Beside recalling Stephen's good sense of humor, Ronan also said how the late 33-year-old singer was very excited about the prospect of Boyzone's new studio album.

Ronan's full tribute can be heard through the video provided after this news. And following the funeral, an announcement was made by Boyzone on their Twitter account that Stephen's same-sex partner Andrew Cowles "has asked that rather than flowers, people send a donation to the Caudwell Children Charity", for which Stephen was an ambassador. The organization itself has established a page for donations, dubbed JustGiving.

Stephen Gately was enjoying a holiday with his same-sex partner Andrew Cowles when he was found dead on October 10 at his apartment on the Spanish resort island of Mallorca. A post-mortem on his body revealed he died of natural causes due to fluid on the lungs. "The singer of the British group Boyzone died from natural causes, owing to an 'acute pulmonary edema'," the court statement confirmed, adding "there were no signs of violence to the body."


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posted by Bond on Jul 17, 2010
that is unbearabl... i m totaly shoked
posted by kate on Nov 24, 2009
i am still in shock about steo death rip steo xxxxxxxxxx
posted by Jill mc callion on Oct 21, 2009
stephen is a good guy and his god soul of love am well cary from him I love you Stephen Love Jill xxxx
posted by kirsty on Oct 19, 2009
stephen u will b well remebered hun ive been a boyzone fan ever since a was born il neva 4 get u u were a true legend n ul alwaiis b in mi heart
posted by Caroline on Oct 19, 2009
Why is everybody making such a big deal about the fact that Ronan was crying? So was Mikey Graham, and to be fair probably most of the people there! He had just lost one of his closest friends, and did an amazing job keeping it together at all.It was a funeral, it happens! The four of them are very brave men! R.I.P. Stephen x
posted by aManOnaJourney on Oct 19, 2009
"A beautiful man who is now a perfect angel. Will never be forgotten." (I hear a song waiting to be written.) Wonderful to hear Ronan respect Stephen by including 'husband' as he listed the qualities. I hope Boyzone continues work on the album and releases it in memory and tribute to Stephen. As Ronan said, Stephen was excited about the songs they had been selecting through. I hope they proceed without adding/replacing Stephen and resist any offers for a so-called reality tv show to find a replacement)

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