October 16, 2009 / 3:37 PM / 8 years ago

Boyzone to bring Gately's body back to Ireland

MALLORCA (Reuters Life!) - Members of Irish boy band Boyzone were on the Spanish Island of Mallorca on Friday to take the body of bandmate Stephen Gately back to Dublin where he will be buried on Saturday, band member Ronan Keating said.

Workers transport the body of Boyzone's singer Stephen Gately at the hospital morgue in Palma de Mallorca on the Spanish island of Mallorca October 13, 2009. REUTERS/Stringer

“We flew to Mallorca today to accompany our pal on his final journey back to Dublin where we know he will be given an unforgettable send off tomorrow,” Keating told reporters.

A post mortem revealed on Tuesday that 33-year-old Gately died of natural causes due to fluid on the lungs at his home in Mallorca last weekend.

Reporting by Marco Trujillo; writing by Jonathan Gleave, editing by Paul Casciato

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