London: Stephen Gately from the band Boyzone was found dead yesterday in a hotel room in Majorca, Spain while on holiday. He was 33.
A close pal suggested that he had gone out for drinks before his death.
"It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up," the News of The World quoted the pal as saying.
Gately, who was born in Ireland in March 1976, had joined Boyzone in 1993.
He got through the audition process before joining Ireland's first boyband.
Gately and Ronan Keating were the lead vocalists of the band.
Keating, who is currently in Chicago, is apparently distraught after hearing the news and will fly to Majorca with the remaining members tomorrow.
A pal said: "Ronan is completely distraught. No-one saw this coming. He loved Stephen like a brother, they were so close, it's absolutely floored him.
"It's a massive shock to everyone and no one can take it in yet. He was a man in the prime of his life, and this is a huge tragedy."
The gay singer had married partner Andrew Cowles in a civil union in March 2006.
Gately was recently seen at the Pride of Britain Awards.
First Published: Sunday, October 11, 2009, 11:11