S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole dies aged 46
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S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole has tragically died aged just 46.
The singer was due to reunite with his S Club bandmates for a reunion tour later this year.
In a statement, 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."
In a statement announcing his death, Paul’s family said: “It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole.
“Paul was found yesterday, 6th April 2023 at his home in Dorset and was pronounced dead later that afternoon.
“While the cause of death is currently unknown, Dorset Police has confirmed that there were no suspicious circumstances. Paul’s family, friends and fellow members of S Club request privacy at this time.”
Paul found fame with S Club back in 1999, but announced he was leaving the band in 2002 - paving the way for the band's breakup the following year.
Speaking about his decision to leave, Paul told the Guardian: "It had got to the point where things were being handled so badly, I had to go.”
During their time in the public eye, Paul began a relationship with his S Club bandmate Hannah Spearritt with the pair going public in 2001. The pair split in 2006, but then rekindled their love in June 2015 - however, they went their separate ways for good in November the same year.
Hannah reportedly ‘broke down’ when she was told about his death today, while their fellow S Club bandmates Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O’Meara were left in ‘horror and disbelief’.
The tragic news comes just weeks after the popular 2000s band announced a reunion tour.
Back in February, 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.”