‘I absolutely feel his presence’: Boyzone’s Keith Duffy says he believes the spirit of late bandmate Stephen Gately joins him on stage – 12 years after the singer’s tragic death at the age of 33
Keith Duffy said he believed the spirit of his late Boyzone bandmate Stephen Gately joined him on stage as he performed with Westlife’s Brian McFadden.
The singer, 47, who plays with McFadden in duo Boyzlife, has explained how he ‘feels the presence’ of his former bandmate Stephen, who died of pulmonary edema due to an undiagnosed heart condition in 2009 at the age of 33 Years.
Former Corrie actor Keith also opened up about how Stephen used to experience ‘spirits’ when he was younger.
Heartbreak: Keith Duffy said he believed the spirit of his late Boyzone bandmate Stephen Gately joined him on stage as he performed with Westlife’s Brian McFadden (pictured 2009)
Keith told the daily star: ‘Brian and I made a pact when we started each time during our shows that we dedicate a part to Stephen.
“I absolutely feel his presence and we joke about what he would think of us on stage.”
Discussing Stephen’s previous paranormal experiences, Keith said: “Stephen would feel spirits – it would upset him, the apartment he grew up in, he told us how a woman used to sit at the end of his bed, easter eggs flew from the top of a cupboard and a hair dryer that wasn’t plugged in went off.
Tragic: The singer, 47, who plays with McFadden in duo Boyzlife, has opened up about how he ‘feels the presence’ of his former bandmate Stephen, who died of pulmonary edema due to an undiagnosed heart condition in 2009 to the age of 33
He said: ‘I absolutely feel his presence and we joke about what he would think of us on stage’ (Stephen pictured in 2009)
One Boxing Day, Stephen stayed with Keith over Christmas when the members of the chart-topping group went for a dog walk at night.
Keith said: “There was a cemetery 1km from my old house and on St Stephen’s (Boxing Day) night 14-15 years ago we went out with the dogs.
“On the way back, I saw my neighbor Malachy doing something in his bush, but when he turned around, it wasn’t him, he was a ghost – and he blew on us.”
Stephen died at his vacation home in Port D’Andratx, Mallorca on October 10, 2009.
It was later determined that his death was caused by pulmonary edema resulting from an undiagnosed heart condition.
Stephen’s funeral, held at St Laurence O’Toole’s Church in Dublin in October 2009, was attended by Boyzone manager Louis Walsh, fellow Irish band Westlife and Elton John’s husband David Furnish.
The band achieved international fame as well as six UK number 1s – including Words, No Matter What, All That Matters To Me and You Needed Me.
Heartbreaking: The group was devastated after Stephen’s death in 2003 (left to right Shane Lynch, Mikey Graham, Ronan Keating, Stephen and Keith)