This weekend marked the sixth anniversary of Stephen Gately’s death, and his former bandmates paid touching tributes to their close friend.
Stephen died very unexpectedly in October 2009, and this bandmates took to social media to remember him.
Ronan Keating was reminiscing about the old days on Instagram and said, “I have no idea what the two of us were doing but if Steo saw this pic he would piss himself laughing. Bro you may be gone, but never forgotten. Miss you every day straw balls. Love ya x”
Shane Lynch said, “Today I celebrate and give thanks for the amazing time I spent with my little brother Steo. Miss ya, love ya.”
Mikey Graham took to Twitter and said, “It was about this time six years ago when I heard the terrible news that our brother Steo had left us. Still missing you pal.”
Keith Duffy also shared a picture of their close friend and said, “Stephen Gately, beautiful spirit, bright shining star. I love you brother, miss you everyday xxx”
Keith was on The Ray D’Arcy show last night and shared how the group mark the occasion: “Usually myself and Shane hook up. We don’t do anything exciting – we reminisce, play a game of pool and do a little ‘cheers’ to him.”
He also admitted that when the whole group are together, it’s a lot easier to deal with that grief.
“When the four of us are together, it is better. We have our own language. We have been together since we were kids. We’ve lived in each other’s pockets. We’ve celebrated our successes together and we’ve obviously mourned our losses together.”
He continued, “When we are together, we kind of feel he is in the room. We feel he is with us and it is a happy time.”