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Stephen Patrick David Gately (17 March 1976 – 10 October 2009) was an Irish pop singer-songwriter, actor, children's writer and dancer, who, with Ronan Keating, was one of two lead singers of the pop group Boyzone.Gately and Keating originally served as co-frontmen, but Keating gradually became more synonymous with the group as time went on.In December 2002, Gately took the lead role in Bill Kenwright's new production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, which previewed in Oxford in December 2002 before moving to Liverpool over Christmas 2002 and finally to London's West End and the New London Theatre in Drury Lane in February 2003.From September 2004 until March 2005 Gately played the Child Catcher in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang at the London Palladium.He released a solo album in 2000, after the group's initial break-up, which charted in the UK top ten and yielded three UK hit singles, including the top three hit "New Beginning".Gately went on to appear variously in stage productions and on television programmes as well as contributing songs to various projects.By the time Boyzone originally rested the band, they had achieved six number ones on the UK Singles Chart.They were considered a major pop band of the 1990s and had a much publicised rivalry with UK boy band Take That, After success with Boyzone, the band decided in 2000 to move on to solo projects.
In an Instagram post last May, the band announced that "plans are being hatched for new music and lots of touring throughout the year.
He also voiced one of the characters in the series, Blackavar, which was created to look like him.
His character only spoke for 3 episodes, before becoming a background character.
Gately joined Boyzone upon their formation in 1993.
The group became known in Ireland after an infamous appearance on The Late Late Show that year, which presenter Gay Byrne dismissed—although he later concluded: "They certainly had the last laugh on us".