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Today marks the ninth anniversary of Stephen Gately's tragic death and his fellow Boyzone members have been remembering him.

Get the tissues ready, the lads have opened up about the Irish pop star with emotional messages.

They paid touching tributes to their band member, who died from natural causes at age 33, on October 10 2009 at his holiday home in Majorca.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Ronan uploaded a picture of his tattoo in Stephen's honour, along with some memories of the singer.

"I hear your laugh every day bro. That wicked sense of humour still gets me through," he wrote.

"Thank you for the friendship. Can’t believe 9 years have passed. Miss ya Bro your song will last forever," he added.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Shane posted a picture without a caption saying: "When someone you love becomes a memory, the memory becomes a treasure.”

Whereas Keith Duffy opted for a collage of throwback pictures of them together.

He wrote: "there’s not a day goes by where I don’t remember a wonderful memory of times spent with this beautiful beautiful man. I miss you Steo."

Stephen lives on in our memories and the music he created with Boyzone.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The boys, including Mikey Graham, rose to fame in the 1990s and captured the hearts of millions of fans around the world.

Some absolute tunes included Words, A Different Beat and No Matter What.

The group has continued to make music and it's reported that they'll hit us with a new album by the end of the year.

The farewell album is titled Thank You & Goodnight, and it will allegedly feature a tribute to Gately, and contains some of his vocals. 

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The family of the late Stephen Gately are planning a new probe into the circumstances surrounding his death.

The Boyzone singer was found dead in an apartment in Majorca in 2009, at the age of 33. It is believed he died from natural causes after a build up of fluid on his lungs caused a heart attack – but his younger brother Tony says the family never received a full explanation from Stephen's partner Andrew Cowles. 

"Only two people know what went on the night he died," Tony told The Sun. "They are his husband Andrew and a Bulgarian guy, Giorgio, who was invited to their apartment. Neither of them have fully explained to me what happened."

Stephen was found slumped on the couch in the holiday apartment he and Andrew shared while in Majorca. While out that night in gay club The Black Cat, they met the Bulgarian model Giorgio Dochev, and invited him home with them. Giorgio later revealed that Stephen had smoked cannabis on the evening of his death.

Stephen's family are now considering hiring a private investigator once a financial dispute with Andrew is settled. The Boyzone star, who never wrote a will, had assets totaling around €1.9 million, most of which will go to Andrew. But Tony says the family are not even being granted possession of treasured sentimental items like gifts, as Andrew has put a price on everything.

"There was a gold bracelet that our brother Mark got Stephen and his solicitor is now asking £7,000 (€8,800) for it," said Tony. "It only cost around £2,000 (€2,500) in the first place."

Thousands of fans attended Stephen's Dublin funeral in 2009, and his coffin was carried by his former band mates, after they travelled to Majorca to bring his body home with Andrew.

 

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