Ronan Keating shares a heartfelt tribute to late bandmate Stephen Gately

’13 years and it doesn’t get any easier’: Ronan Keating shares heartfelt tribute to late bandmate Stephen Gately… over a decade after his death

Ronan Keating took to Instagram on Monday to share a touching tribute to his late bandmate Stephen Gately.

The Boyzone star, 45, shared that ’13 years doesn’t get any easier’ as he posted a series of pictures with his co-frontman from their early days.

Stephen tragically died in 2009 aged 33 from an undetected congenital heart defect.

'13 years and it doesn't get any easier': Ronan Keating, 45, shared a heartfelt tribute to late bandmate Stephen Gately via Instagram on Monday

’13 years and it doesn’t get any easier’: Ronan Keating, 45, shared a heartfelt tribute to late bandmate Stephen Gately via Instagram on Monday

’13 years and it doesn’t get any easier because I know how much you lived in you. Miss you dude. A heavy heart,’ Ronan wrote.

One photo showed the band meeting Prince Charles back in July 1998 at The Party in the Park Prince’s Trust Concert.

While the post was accompanied by a carousel of snaps documenting their friendship, which began in 1993.

Back in the day: A photo showed the band meeting Prince Charles back in July 1998 at The Party in the Park Prince’s Trust Concert

Heavy heart: '13 years and it doesn't get any easier because I know how much you lived in you.  Miss you dude.  A heavy heart,' Ronan wrote

Heavy heart: ’13 years and it doesn’t get any easier because I know how much you lived in you. Miss you dude. A heavy heart,’ Ronan wrote

A number of other celebrities rushed to the comments to share their own tributes, with Peter Andre, Ryan Thomas and Denise Van Outen all commenting on red love hearts.

While Boyzone’s Keith Duffy also took to his page, writing: ’13 years my guardian angel! I will never meet another living soul who loved me as unconditionally and honestly as my mate Steo!

‘Miss you every single day I had your brother’s family with me for a special moment last night ❤️ watch over me brother.’

Memories: While the post was accompanied by a carousel of snaps documenting their friendship which began in 1993

Memories: While the post was accompanied by a carousel of snaps documenting their friendship which began in 1993

Together: Formed by talent manager Louis Walsh back in 1993, the Irish band rose to fame with hits such as No Matter What (LR) Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy

Together: Formed by talent manager Louis Walsh back in 1993, the Irish band rose to fame with hits such as No Matter What (LR) Ronan Keating, Mikey Graham, Stephen Gately, Shane Lynch and Keith Duffy

The Irish band was formed by talent manager Louis Walsh back in 1993, and rose to fame with hits such as No Matter What.

Tragically, Stephen died while at his holiday home in Port D’Andratx, Majorca – where the death was later revealed to be the result of heart disease.

His body was discovered by his husband Andrew Cowles – whom he had estranged in 2003.

Tribute: While Boyzone's Keith Duffy also took to his page, writing: '13 years my guardian angel!  I will never meet another living soul who loved me as unconditionally and honestly as my mate Steo'

Tribute: While Boyzone’s Keith Duffy also took to his page, writing: ’13 years my guardian angel! I will never meet another living soul who loved me as unconditionally and honestly as my mate Steo’

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