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Ronan Keating: Boyzone `should have finished' following death of Stephen Gately

Singer Ronan Keating has said Boyzone "should have finished" following the death of band member Stephen Gately. The Dublin performer said the death of the 33-year-old from natural causes in October 2009 at his holiday home in Majorca was "the end of Boyzone really".Picture by Liam McBurney/PA
Marie Louise McConville

RONAN Keating has said the death of fellow band member Stephen Gately in 2009 was "the end of Boyzone".

The singer-songwriter died at his holiday home in Majorca at the age of 33 from natural causes.

Following Gately's death in October 2009, Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Shane Lynch and Mikey Graham continued on as a four-piece, eventually splitting 25 years after they first formed.

Asked yesterday about the possibility of reforming, Keating, speaking on 2FM Breakfast with Doireann, Donncha, and Carl, said: "2019 was a very special tour, to mark 25 years since the album came out, and to go out on a high and write our own final chapter ourselves and have the control.

"If we came back and did it again, we might tarnish that," he said.

"For me, when Stephen died, the band should have finished. That was the end of Boyzone really. What we did after that was something different, it wasn't Boyzone".

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