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|Posted: Sun Oct 11, 2009 7:12 pm Post subject: Irish actor/singer Stephen Gately dead at 33 (Glam Rock)
|Stephen Gately played Tommy Tomorrow in the Eighth Doctor audio Horror of Glam Rock. Reports from Times Online indicate he was visiting Majorca on holiday, when according to a friend's statement, "It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up."
Very sad. Here's a write-up about him at examiner.com:
There has been another loss in the Doctor Who acting world: Stephen Gately, known to UK audiences as a singer and member of the band Boyzone and to Doctor Who audio listeners as Tommy Tomorrow from the 2007 Paul McGann adventure Horror of Glam Rock, has died at the age of 33. Reports from Times Online indicate Gately was visiting Majorca on holiday, when according to a friend's statement, "It looks like he went out for a few drinks, then got back, fell asleep and never woke up."
In response to Gately's death, Boyzone's manager Louis Walsh later made this statement to News of the World: "We're all absolutely devastated. I'm in complete shock. I was only with him on Monday at an awards ceremony. We don't know much about what's happened yet...He was a great man." The remaining members of Boyzone - Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch, and Mikey Graham - will travel to Palma, Majorca to mourn the loss of their friend and team member. Born 17 March, 1976 in Dublin, Ireland, Gately joined Boyzone in 1993, and throughout the 1990s as one of the band's two lead singers (the other being Ronan Keating), Gately enjoyed in the group seventeen top five singles and four number one albums before the band's split-up in 2000. On 16 June, 1999, Gately announced his homosexuality in The Sun and caused a massive sensation in the pop music world. On 19 March, 2006, he entered into a civil union with dating Internet business man Andrew Cowles; Cowles was with Gately in Majorca at the time of Gately's death.
Gately's Doctor Who connection occurred in early 2007, when he starred as 1970s pop singer Tommy Tomorrow in the Big Finish Productions audio adventure Horror of Glam Rock with Paul McGann's Eighth Doctor and Sheridan Smith's Lucie Miller. In that story, Gately sang the single "Children of Tomorrow," with music by Tim Sutton and lyrics by Barnaby Edwards. Gately also enjoyed successful theater, television, and radio stardom, perhaps most notably his turn as Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the West End, and participation in ITV's Dancing on Ice. His involvement with Boyzone even extended into the late 2000s, when the band re-grouped on 16 November 2007 for that year's Children in Need charity special, with new tours and appearances happening in 2008 and 2009. The band had completed a new album for release in spring 2010.