British pop band S Club 7 is mourning the sudden death of singer Paul Cattermole, 46, just weeks after the group announced a reunion tour.
The beloved band member was found on Thursday at his home in Dorset, south-west England, and was pronounced dead later that afternoon.
S Club 7 paid tribute to the singer on social media in the early hours of Saturday morning.
“We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul,” the band wrote on Twitter.
“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.”
The early-2000s pop group’s tribute was accompanied by a black and white portrait of Cattermole from when he was younger.
“He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us,” S Club 7 continued.
“We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and of the band at this time.”
Cattermole’s family issued a heartbreaking statement, confirming the popstar’s death.
“It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole,” a statement read.
“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.”
The family said Cattermole was pronounced dead on Thursday afternoon after he was found at his Dorset home earlier that day.
S Club 7 was formed in 1998 by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.
The pop group rose to fame in the early 2000s, first starring in their own television series Miami 7, and released many chart-topping hits in their time, including Bring It All Back and Don’t Stop Movin’.
Cattermole quit the group in 2002 to join a metal band, with his final concert at Queen Elizabeth II’s Golden Jubilee celebrations.
After his departure, the band rebranded to S Club before officially splitting in 2003.
Cattermole’s death comes less than two months after the band announced a reunion tour in February.
Alongside Cattermole, other band members include Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh, Jo O’Meara, Hannah Spearritt and Rachel Stevens.
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