S Club 7's Rachel Stevens speaks out for first time since Paul Cattermole's death
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Rachel Stevens has shared a heartfelt message following the death of her S Club 7 bandmate Paul Cattermole.
In a statement announcing his tragic death, the band said: "We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul. There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel. We were so lucky to have had him in our lives and are thankful for the amazing memories we have.
"He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us. We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and of the band at this time."
Now former bandmate Rachel has shared a message saying she’s ‘heartbroken’ over his death.
In a post on Instagram, Rachel shared a snap of Paul alongside the caption: "Thank you so much for all your beautiful messages of love and support. The out pouring of love for our Paul has been so incredibly special and has meant so much.
"I hope he knew how loved he was. Such a kind, gentle and sensitive soul with the most incredible energy and such a wild free spirit. He would light up any room.
"We are heartbroken but so grateful for the memories we all shared. An absolute shining star who we will love and miss always. RIP darling Paul."
Paul and Rachel - alongside bandmates Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O’Meara - found fame with S Club 7 back in 1998 and went on to have a string of hits as well as three TV shows.
Yesterday, Jo shared her own touching statement on Twitter, writing: "I just wanted to reach out and thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for the love and kindness you have shown over the tragic passing of our sweetest soul Paul.
"This has been utterly devastating, and I am totally shocked and heartbroken."
His death came just weeks after the band revealed they would be embarking on an 11-date tour kicking off in October.
Announcing their tour, the band said: "We're so excited to bring the S Club party back to our fans across the country to celebrate 25 years of S Club 7.
"We can't even believe it's been so long. Music and friendship have always been at the core of everything that we've ever done.”