JUST days after Boyzone announced a new album and single featuring vocals by the late Stephen Gately, a Palma judge ruled yesterday that Gately died of natural causes at his holiday home in Majorca last October and closed the inquiry into the performer's death.
The judicial decision rules out any further debate over the cause of the 33-year-old's death at a property in Cala Llamp, Andratx.
The initial post mortem revealed that he died of natural causes due to fluid on the lungs but the inquiry into his death remained open until the results of further blood tests were completed.
However, the tests discovered nothing unusual and nothing to contradict the findings of the post mortem that Gately died of natural causes.
And, based on the final test results, the judge yesterday ruled that the inquiry be closed.
Boyzone were one of the biggest bands of the 1990s, amassing four number one albums and sixteen consecutive top five singles and Gately's death not only stunned the UK but Boyzone fans and fellow musicians around the world. The British media descended on the island in force to cover the story.
The remaining members of the band Boyzone flew out to Majorca to accompany the body of band mate Stephen Gately back to Dublin where over 3'000 people lined the streets on the day of the funeral.
Gave It All Away is the Irish group's first track since Gately's death last October.
It will be followed by Brother, the boy-band's first original album in more than 10 years.
Gave It All Away was recorded in the summer of 2009, following Boyzone's sell-out UK tour.
It was written by the pop-singer Mika and reportedly opens with a line sung by Gately: I will learn to live before I die.
The video that will accompany the single is said to be incredibly raw and features archive footage of the five band members with newer scenes interworked.