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Unheard Gately songs to be played in ITV special

Stephen Gately is to give a performance from beyond the grave - when recordings of his songs are played for the first time in a TV tribute.

Boyzone: A Tribute To Stephen Gately, to screen on ITV1 in the spring, will also see bandmates Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch sing their biggest hits including Love Me For A Reason, Picture Of You, No Matter What and new single Gave It All Away

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Gately column complaint not upheld

The press watchdog has decided not to uphold a complaint about a newspaper comment piece on the death last year of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

The Irish star's civil partner Andrew Cowles complained to the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) about Jan Moir's article in the Daily Mail.

The PCC received a record 25,000 complaints about the article, which was perceived by many to be homophobic.

The Crown Prosecution Service has ruled the article did not break the law.

Gately died of natural causes at his holiday home on the Spanish island of Majorca on 10 October last year.

Ms Moir's article was published the day before the gay singer's funeral. It discussed his lifestyle and suggested the cause of his death had not been natural.

Ms Moir said Gately's death struck a blow to the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships".

She has expressed regret over her column but has denied there were homophobic undertones.

The singer's civil partner complained that the article - and a follow-up - were inaccurate, intrusive at a time of grief, and discriminatory.

The column also prompted a furious reaction on the micro-blogging site Twitter, leading to thousands of complaints to the press watchdog.

The PCC said it could "fully understand" why Mr Cowles and thousands of others had been upset by the article.

It recognised there were flaws in the article but the price of freedom of expression was that columnists said things which other people might find offensive or inappropriate.

It said Ms Moir had been right to apologise to the family for the "ill-timed nature of the article", and the newspaper had to accept responsibility for the distress it had caused.

PCC director Stephen Abell said it was a "difficult but important" case for the commission to deal with.

"The article clearly caused distress to Mr Cowles, as well as many others, and this was regrettable," he added.

Andrew Gilliver, from the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, said he was not surprised but disappointed by the ruling.

"What's really important about this is the public have said we don't like this, we're not happy with reading this kind of stuff, it isn't what we want to read about people," he said.

The column, headed A Strange, Lonely and Troubling Death, led to two complaints to the Metropolitan Police who passed them on to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS).

It found the article caused some offence but there was insufficient evidence it breached the law.

Tony Connell, CPS London complex casework lawyer, said: "In coming to this conclusion I have paid particular attention to Article 10 of the Human Rights Act which protects individuals' freedom of expression.

"It is an established legal principle that this freedom applies equally to information and ideas that are favourably received as to those which offend, shock and disturb.

"Though the complainants and many others found this article offensive, this does not make its publication unlawful."

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Judge closes Gately death investigation

A Spanish judge has confirmed the late Boyzone star Stephen Gately died of natural causes and has closed the official investigation into his death.

The 33-year-old was found dead at his holiday home in Majorca last October.

The post-mortem examination revealed the singer suffered

pulmonary oedema, which is an accumulation of fluid on the lungs.

Boyzone recently announced the release of their first song since Gately's death, entitled Gave It All Away,

The track features Gately's vocals, which were recorded in the summer of 2009.

The video for the song also features archive video of the star and his band-members, intercut with newly-filmed scenes of the group.

The single will be followed by a new album, Brother, out on 8 March

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Boyzone release a new song featuring Stephen

Boyzone have announced the release of their first song since the death of Stephen Gately.

Gave It All Away, which features the late singer's vocals, is due out on 1 March, to be followed by a new album, Brother, on 8 March.

Gately died, aged 33, at his Majorcan holiday home in October last year.

He sings the song's opening lines: "I will learn to live before I die". The accompanying video is "incredibly raw," said singer Ronan Keating.

It features archive video of Gately and his band-members, intercut with newly-filmed scenes of the group writing letters to their "other brother".

Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham are also seen shedding a tear for their former bandmate.

"It's us reminiscing about the good times and the laughter," explained Keating

"There's a nice scene of us four brothers sat around a table... with Stephen's favourite picture hanging up behind us.

"Phil (Griffin, director) just filmed us fly-on-the-wall for that so it's just us as we are," he added.

"We wanted the footage to be as truthful and honest as possible based on how we were feeling and were reacting during the making of the video on that day," he added.

But Keating said the band "didn't want it being too mournful all the way through".

Vocals for the song, written by Mika, were recorded in the summer of 2009, following Boyzone's sell-out UK tour.

The Irish band have clocked up four number one albums, and 16 consecutive top five singles in the UK.

In October, a post mortem revealed Gately had died of natural causes.

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Stephen Gately's final haunting lyrics

Stephen Gately today makes his musical comeback from the grave when Boyzone release the video of their first single since the star’s shock death in Spain last October.

The popular Irish star, voted by Metro readers the Celeb of the Year for 2009, will be heard on Gave It All Away, singing the haunting lyrics: ‘I will learn to live before I die.’

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Stephen helped Westlife's Mark to come out

Westlife star Mark Feehily has said that the late Stephen Gately was an inspiration to gay men. Feehily has said it was easier for him to come out after the late Boyzone star led the way.

Mark came out in 2005, while Gately announced publicly that he was gay in 1999.

Feehily told OK! magazine: "Stephen was extremely brave.

"He was the first member of a boy band to come out.

"And in hindsight it helped me and probably lots of other gay lads to understand their sexuality and come out."

He added: "Every time a celebrity who is admired by millions of people comes out it is one more blow to any negative stereotype that is out there."

Stephen passed away in October while on holiday in Majorca with his civil partner Andrew Cowles.

Gately died from an undiagnosed heart condition, a forensic report has revealed.

Scientists at The National Toxicology Institute in Barcelona concluded that the Boyzone star suffered a heart problem caused by atheromatosis, a thickening of arteries, and ruled out drink or drugs as a factor in his death.

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Celebrity TV tribute planned for Stephen

A celebrity-packed tribute to Stephen Gately is being planned by ITV. The forthcoming show reportedly has a budget of £400,000.

Stephen's bandmates from Boyzone will chose the stars who will appear on the televised special.

The boys will also pick which song the guests will sing on the programme.

A source told The Sun: "Everyone is keen for it to be exactly as Stephen would have wanted, so Ronan [Keating] and the rest of the band are having a major input.

"They'll be deciding which celebs are invited to make up the crowd and who'll be singing what.

"Nothing can ever bring Stephen back but everyone hopes the programme will show what an incredible person he was."

Gately died at the age of 33 from heart failure while on holiday in Majorca.

X Factor judge Louis Walsh hopes he will finally be able to get over Stephen's death in the New Year.

The music producer, who managed Boyzone, was devastated by the pop star's death but hopes he will be able to move on in 2010.

Louis told IOL: "I just want to be happy after Stephen's death. But what I've learnt from his passing is you have to make the most of what you have."

At the time of his untimely passing, Louis admitted he had lost his "best friend" in Stephen.

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Stephen Gately's partner complains to PCC

Stephen Gately's civil partner Andrew Cowles has complained to the Press Complaints Commission over a Daily Mail article about the Boyzone star's death.

Mr Cowles claims Jan Moir's column, published in October, breached guidelines on accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock, and discrimination.

A PCC investigation will also consider the 25,000 complaints about the piece.

Ms Moir has expressed regret over her column which called the Irish star's death "strange, lonely and troubling".

The article, published on the day before his funeral, said Gately's death struck a blow to the "happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships".

She later denied the piece had homophobic undertones.

Gately, 33, was found dead on 10 October at his Majorcan holiday home.

Post-mortem tests found he died of natural causes.

'Connected party'

"We're now investigating this complaint which we are taking forward formally and we'll consider it together with the 25,000 complaints as soon as possible," PCC director Stephen Abell said.

"We'll be writing to the newspaper with this latest complaint from Andrew Cowles."

Moir's article provoked the most complaints ever made about a single newspaper article.

Mr Abell said a full investigation was being launched now because "a connected party" had made a complaint.

The Daily Mail has yet to respond to a request for a comment.

In her column, Moir wrote: "The Gately family are - perhaps understandably - keen to register their boy's demise on the national consciousness as nothing more than a tragic accident."

But she continued: "Whatever the cause of death is, it is not, by any yardstick, a natural one. Let us be absolutely clear about this.

"All that has been established so far is that Stephen Gately was not murdered."

'Nothing natural'

Writing in her column a week later, she said she regretted "any affront caused" but maintained the circumstances surrounding his death were "more than a little sleazy".

"What I meant by 'nothing natural' was that the natural duration of his life had been tragically shortened in a way that was shocking and out of the ordinary," she wrote.

"Absolutely none of this had anything to do with his sexuality," she added.

"If he had been a heterosexual member of a boy band, I would have written exactly the same article."

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Tribute concert for Stephen Gately

A memorial concert will be held later today in London to celebrate the life of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

Some 1,000 friends, family and fans will attend the event at the Palace Theatre, which has been organised by Gately's partner Andrew Cowles.

Singers including Beverley Knight are expected to perform and actor Sir Ian McKellen will read a poem.

The Irish star, 33, died of natural causes on 10 October at his holiday home on the island of Majorca.

Band members

More than 3,000 people gathered outside St Laurence O'Toole's church in Dublin last month to pay their respects at the singer's funeral.

Gately's parents Martin and Margaret and siblings Michelle, Mark, Alan and Tony are expected to attend the private concert on Sunday night.

It will be hosted by actor and entertainer Christopher Biggins and will feature a musical tribute from the remaining members of Boyzone - Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Keith Duffy and Shane Lynch.

Other singers including Liz McClarnon, Lee Ryan and Chesney Hawkes will also take to the stage, along with the cast of West End musical Joseph, in which Gately starred.

Tributes are also expected from Cherie Blair, and comedians Paul O'Grady, Matt Lucas, Graham Norton and Alan Carr.

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Gately widow's tears

Stephen Gately's grieving widower last night made his first public appearance since the singer's death. Andrew Cowles, 33, was at the Stonewall Awards in London, where Gately was honoured.

The late singer and his Boyzone bandmates were hailed as entertainers of the year at the high-profile gay event. Mr Cowles fought back tears as he collected the award on behalf of the band – and received a standing ovation from the crowd.

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Gately's £7.2m 'will goes missing'

Stephen Gately's will has gone missing. The Boyzone singer – who died aged 33 from an acute pulmonary oedema, a build-up of fluid in the lungs, at his holiday home in Majorca on October 10 - left behind a £7.2 million fortune and the hunt is now on to find the document, which was supposed to be unveiled to his family today.

His civil partner Andrew Cowles, 32, has been told the will is safe in the hands of a London-based solicitors firm but he doesn't know which solicitor has the copy of the last wishes.

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I told Stephen Gately to wake up

The widower of Stephen Gately pleaded for the singer to 'wake up' but he was dead, it was reported today. Andy Cowles said their friend Georgi Dochev first noticed the Boyzone star slumped on the sofa at their Majorca flat.

I got up and I saw that he was cold and his lips were blue, Mr Cowles said. I shouted at him, Darling, wake up! but he was already dead,' he added.

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