Ronan Keating and the rest of the surviving members of Irish boy band Boyzone will bring Stephen Gately’s body home to Ireland, it was confirmed today.
Keating, along with Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch, will fly into Majorca on Friday and bring back Gately’s remains for funeral services in Dublin to be held on Saturday.
"The Boyz plan to return to Majorca on Friday to bring their brother back home to Dublin," the band said in a statement.
The Gately family will hold a private Mass on Friday night, followed by a funeral at St. Laurence O’Toole Church in Dublin on Saturday afternoon.
The Irishmen of Boyzone, who visited the Gately family home on Tuesday to comfort Stephen’s parents, have also said that another memorial service for Gately will be held in London, where the late singer and his partner, Andy Cowles, shared their home.
"Ronan, Keith, Mikey and Shane would once more like to thank everyone for the great many messages of condolence they have received from all over the world," they said.
"Seeing the love and warmth that so many people have felt for Stephen has been a true comfort for them over the past few days."
Gately, 33, died in his holiday home in Majorca on Saturday. It was revealed by Spanish authorities on Tuesday that the Irish star died from pulmonary edema, a build-up of fluid on the lungs.
His body is currently lying in a chapel of rest in a small village in Majorca.