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S Club 7 original member Paul Cattermole has died at age 46, the band confirmed on social media on April 7. The news comes not long after the beloved group announced their upcoming reunion tour, which Cattermole promoted in person in February.
“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,” S Club 7 said in a tweet. “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.”
According to the BBC, Cattermole was found dead at his home in the UK. His cause of death is unclear, the outlet 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. (1/2) pic.twitter.com/CFpkjU62aD
— S Club 7 (@SClub7) April 7, 2023
The ’90s-’00s pop group behind iconic hits like “S Club Party” and “Don’t Stop Movin’” will be heading out on a tour of the UK and Ireland, they announced this year. All seven members of the group were set to return to the stage, including Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Hannah Spearritt, Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh, Jon Lee, and Cattermole. The group said of their reunion in February, “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.”
It is unclear if Cattermole’s death will affect the tour plans. As originally announced, events were set to kick off in Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena on Oct. 13 before heading to Sheffield, Glasgow, Newcastle, Leeds, Manchester, Cardiff, Nottingham, Dublin, and London. “I think in these times we need a bit of positivity, a bit of picking up, so that’s what we’re here to do,” Bradley said on “The One Show” on Feb. 14.
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S Club 7 first hit the limelight with their ABC Family show “S Club 7 in Miami,” which followed the group relocating to Miami to find fame. The theme song, “Bring It All Back,” was their first UK No. 1 single. They went on to score four more No. 1s in the UK and sold 10 million albums worldwide, inspiring spinoff group, S Club Juniors. Despite Cattermole leaving the group in 2002, they continued as S Club (minus the “7” in their name) before eventually splitting a year later. The band previously reunited for a reunion tour in 2015.