S Club 7’s Paul Cattermole dead aged 46 — weeks after band’s reunion plansApril 7, 2023
S Club 7's Paul Cattermole has tragically died aged 46.
The singer, who was due to be reuniting with the band for a 25th anniversary tour, was found dead on Thursday afternoon at this home in Dorset.
In a statement from Paul's family and S Club 7 to OK!, it 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."
S Club 7 have also paid tribute to Paul, posting a black-and-white photo of the late star to the band's official Instagram.
They penned: "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."
Fans were quick to share their condolences to the devastated band and pay tribute to Paul.
One person said: "So shocked by this!!! Sending love to the band and his family xxxx" with heart emojis.
A different account put: "Very sad news, R.I.P. Paul" with crying emojis.
Another follower wrote: "Omg so sad! How awful. Rest in peace Paul" with a tear emoji.
While a different person added: "Noooo this is so sad."
Earlier this year, S Club 7 had announced they were reuniting for a UK tour later this year in celebration of their 25th anniversary.
The seven-piece pop group were originally created by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller in 1998 and produced hits including Reach, Don’t Stop Movin’ and their debut Bring It All Back.
In 2003 they disbanded but briefly came back together in 2014 to perform a medley of their best-known songs for the BBC Children In Need appeal.
As well as Paul, Rachel Stevens, Bradley McIntosh, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee and Tina Barrett made up the band.
The band had said in the original statement earlier this year: "After eight years it feels amazing to announce that we’re reuniting and performing together again.
"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. We hope everyone can join us for one big party."
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