S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole has died at the age of 46.
While his cause of death has not been revealed, the band’s manager has said that there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’.
The band shared the news in a statement on Twitter, writing: ‘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.’
RIP: S Club 7 star Paul Cattermole has died at the age of 46. The circumstances surrounding his death are not said to be suspicious (pictured on Wednesday)
Tragic news: While his cause of death has not been revealed, the band’s manager reportedly said that there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’
A source close to Paul’s ex-girlfriend and bandmate Hannah Spearitt told MailOnline: ‘She is absolutely devastated.
‘Hannah is inconsolable. This came as a massive shock, and she is struggling to believe he is no longer with us.
‘Just as they rekindled their friendship, the worst happened. The band are all in pieces.
‘They were all looking forward to the reunion tour and reliving their amazing memories together. Paul has and always will be a huge part of Hannah’s journey. Right now, she is just beside herself.’
A host of fans responded to statement on the S Club 7 Twitter account, with users writing: ‘Truly understand that I will stand behind you guys 10,000 percent… Can’t believe this.’
The news of Paul’s shock death comes just weeks after S Club 7 announced they will reunite for an 11-date tour of the UK and Ireland, performing classics such as Reach, Bring It All Back, and Never Had A Dream Come true.
Fans of the group will not only remember S Club for their music after the band including Rachel Stevens, 44, Tina Barrett, 46, Jon Lee, 40, Bradley McIntosh, 41, and Jo O’Meara, 43, also starred in their very own BBC series Miami 7 and LA 7.
In 2002, Paul sent shockwaves through S Club 7’s global fanbase when he spectacularly announced he was quitting the group citing ‘creative differences’.
He had a rocky road after leaving the band, becoming bankrupt in 2015 and even putting his Brit Award up for sale on eBay saying: ‘There’s bills to pay’.
He then appeared on Loose Women in 2018 where he admitted he had run out of money and had to borrow a shirt for the show.
Reunited: Rachel Stevens, Paul, Jo O’Meara, Jon Lee, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh and Tina Barrett (L-R) were gearing up to reform for a 25th anniversary tour later this year
Throwback: In 2002, Paul sent shockwaves through S Club 7’s global fanbase when he spectacularly announced he was quitting the group citing ‘creative differences’ (pictured in 1999)
In 2019, Paul made an emotional appearance on the dating show First Dates Hotel.
The star went on a date with music lover Anna but after being let down gently, sobbed on camera and asked for a ‘moment’ to pull himself together.
Hannah and Paul’s friendship predates the creation of the noughties group after they became friends in their teens at the National Youth Music Theatre.
They first kept their romance private with Paul later revealing he would sneak to and from Hannah’s house in the early hours of the morning to avoid being spotted by fans.
The S Club 7 reunion tour has been masterminded by music mogul Simon Fuller, who originally put them together in 1998, after the Spice Girls, his previous band, sacked him as their manager.
Reuniting for the 25th anniversary tour will reportedly be lucrative for Simon as well as the band, who have all gone in different directions since their split in 2003.
Rachel Stevens went onto have a solo music career and came runner up on Strictly Come Dancing in 2008.
Hannah, who’s a mum to daughters Tora and Taya, enjoyed an acting career, performing on the likes of BBC One soap EastEnders and Brit drama Primeval.
In 2021, Paul launched a new YouTube channel called Tarot Me This, where he called upon fans to make a donation in exchange for a reading, explaining ‘clairvoyance’ was his new line of work.