Tributes have been pouring in from around the world following the death of Boyzone singer Stephen Gately.

The 33 year old died suddenly yesterday while on holiday in Majorca.

Alongside bandmates Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham, Shane Lynch and Ronan Keating, Gately rose to stardom under the influential guidance of pop mogul Louis Walsh.

Today Louis Walsh said he was 'absolutely devastated'.

The four other Boyzone members are flying out to the holiday island this evening.

The five-member band had six number one hits on the British charts between 1994 and 2000.

They officially split up in 2000 when Ronan Keating set off on a solo career, but they reunited for various events in 2007-2008.

Originally from Sheriff Street, in the heart of Dublin city, Stephen Gately joined Boyzone in 1993 after answering a newspaper advertisement.

Stephen also enjoyed a successful career in London's West End, playing the lead role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat and the 'Child Catcher' in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang.

He had recently been writing a children's book.

Simon Cowell paid tribute to Boyzone singer Stephen Gately this evening as the 12 X-Factor finalists prepared to learn their fate in the live results show.

Cowell, sitting alongside fellow judges Dannii Minogue and Cheryl Cole, said Gately's death was 'really, really, tragic' and sent his condolences to the star's family.

Boyzone manager Louis Walsh, the fourth judge on the programme, pulled out earlier, saying he had been left 'very shocked and exceptionally upset' by the 33-year-old's death.