BBC The One Show: Ronan Keating and Boyzone bandmates slept next to Stephen Gately's coffin

BBC The One Show: Ronan Keating and Boyzone bandmates slept next to Stephen Gately’s coffin

Ronan Keating is best known for having been a member of Irish pop sensation band Boyzone that was created by former X Factor judge Louis Walsh. It seems as though as of late, the star, 44, has been enjoying being in the showbiz spotlight as a presenter alongside Jermaine Jenas and others on BBC's The One Show. READ MORE:Ronan Keating's affair with Boyzone back-up dancer and how ex found out When Ronan was a part of Boyzone during their active years from 1993 to 2000 and then 2007 until 2019, he spent those times basking in the glory of the band's success from their hit UK singles to later selling millions of record worldwide. The group consisted of the five famous faces and much loved members including himself as well as Keith Duffy, Michael Graham, Shane Lynch and and Stephen Gately. Sadly, the tragic and sudden death of their bandmate Stephen in 2009 completely shattered his bandmates who had all grown a very close bond. Stephen tragically passed away after a night out with his husband Andrew Cowles while on vacation in Majorca – never waking up after going to bed. His death was later determined to have been caused by a pulmonary oedema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition. At the time of his death, Ronan and the Boyzone members spent the night asleep next to to his coffin in Dublin the night before his funeral. Ronan spoke the same year in an interview with Sky News in 2009 were he said: 'We cried and we laughed and we could hear him telling us jokes and we could hear him answering back. 'It was a beautiful, amazing experience to be there with Ste that night, and also outside, we went out at about 6am and the fans had spent the night outside also and it was unbelievable…” 'People came from all over, people from Asia, from South Africa, from South America, from North America and Europe, incredible. I felt very proud, I felt very proud that he was our mate and he classed us as his brother…” he added. Late last year, in October 2020, Ronan made a heartfelt tribute to Stephen to mark the musician's 11 year death anniversary. In the posts he uploaded on his social media page, he wrote: 'This was us as I remember and always want to. 11 years has zipped by and it’s still as hard as ever to not have you in all our lives. Miss you brother. 'Miss your laugh miss your sense of humour. Miss your strops miss your high kicks miss the bones of ya. I know you are still smiling straw balls. God Bless #BelieveinME' The One Show continues on Friday (September 17) on BBC One. Want more from MyLondon? Sign up to our daily newsletters for all the latest and greatest from across London here.
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