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07th Apr 2023

Paul Cattermole’s tragic last post revealed as S Club 7 star dead aged 46

Steve Hopkins

‘A big part of my childhood. Rest in peace’

Paul Cattermole’s final social media post revealed his excitement over his Eurovision Comic Relief appearance, just three weeks ago.

The S Club 7 star was reportedly found dead at home on Thursday, according to The Sun, which further reported that there were no suspicious circumstances.

The 46-year-old’s death comes weeks after the band announced they were going on a 25th-anniversary tour later this year.

In a final Instagram post on March 16, the day before Red Nose Day, Cattermole showed a sneak peak of a skit that saw him and other celebs auditioning for a spot in the musical event.

He appeared alongside stars including Graham Norton, Lulu, Sam Ryder, Dermot O’Leary and Miranda Hart.

In the clip, the judges – Norton, Lulu and Ryder – explained that they are “on the hunt” for the UK’s next Eurovision entry and Lulu joked: “You won’t believe who’s trying to get in on the action.”

A group, including Cattermole and Strictly finalist, Fleur East, is then seen on the stage.

S Club fans flooded the comments on the post on Friday with tributes to Cattermole.

One wrote: “A big part of my childhood. Rest in peace.” Another added: “Rest in peace Paul I can’t believe it.”

S Club’s management said on Friday: “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.”

His bandmates were reportedly told that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the performer’s death.

Cattermole, who was only recently pictured smiling while on a walk in the woods, had been due to join the pop group for the reunion gigs.

“Everyone is in pieces. Hannah [Spearritt] and the rest of the gang broke down when told what happened,” a management source told The Sun.

“No one can believe it. There is a real sense of horror and disbelief.”

Cattermole was one of the original members of the band, famous for hits like ‘S Club Party’, when it formed in 1998.

He was talent spotted by producers from 19 Management and invited to audition.

He left the band in 2002 and formed, Skua, but they broke up a year later.

In 2014, S Club 7 performed together at Children in Need and the following year reunited for the Bring It All Back Tour.

Over the five years the band was together, S Club 7 had four UK No.1 singles, one UK No.1 album, and hits throughout Europe, including a top-ten single in the US, Asia, Latin America and Africa.

They recorded four studio albums, released eleven singles and went on to sell over 14 million albums worldwide.

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