S Club 7 have issued a joint statement following the sudden death of Paul Cattermole, saying he will ‘never be forgotten’.
The group shared a heartfelt message on their Instagram on Saturday along with a photo of Paul taken during the group’s heyday in the eary 2000s.
They wrote: ‘Thank you to all our incredible fans and friends who have shared their love for our brother Paul.
‘In this difficult time for all of us, it gives us strength to know he’ll never be forgotten.’
On behalf of Paul’s family, the group also said that fans could make a donation to the National Youth Theatre, which Paul attended during his childhood.
Statement: S Club 7 have issued a joint statement following the sudden death of Paul Cattermole, saying he will ‘never be forgotten’
They wrote: ‘Thank you to all our incredible fans and friends who have shared their love for our brother Paul. In this difficult time for all of us, it gives us strength to know he’ll never be forgotten’ (pictured in February 2023)
They wrote: ‘In lieu of flowers, Paul’s family have requested that anyone who would like to can join us in making a donation in his honour to the National Youth Music Theatre, an organisation that brought Paul so much joy growing up.’
S Club7 have vowed that their 25th anniversary tour will go ahead and is likely to include a tribute to Paul.
Sources close to the band say while it is too early to publicly make a decision over how their 11 concerts will proceed, they want them to take place because the late singer was so excited about them.
The Mail on Sunday can reveal Cattermole was one of the first of the seven stars to agree to take part in the reunion shows.
One insider said: ‘Paul was so excited, though he seemed awkward on the outside he was looking forward to reliving some of the old, happy times with the group.
‘That’s why there are some members of S Club 7 who are determined the tour goes on. To them, it seems the perfect way to pay tribute to him.
‘There have been some meetings and some of the group are inconsolable, they are in pieces. It has all come as such a big shock to them.’
Cattermole was found at his Dorset home last Thursday morning and was pronounced dead in the afternoon, his family said on Friday.
Vow: S Club 7 have vowed that their 25th anniversary tour will go ahead and is likely to include a tribute to Paul (top left), who has died suddenly aged 46
Tour: Sources close to the band say while it is too early to publicly make a decision over how their 11 concerts will proceed, they want them to take place because the late singer was so excited about them (Paul pictured in 2001)
Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
His ex-girlfriend and fellow S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt was said to be ‘in bits’ after she was told the news by the band’s management team.
In a joint statement on Friday, Cattermole’s family and S Club 7 said: ‘It is with great sadness that we announce the unexpected passing of our beloved son and brother Paul Cattermole.
‘Paul was found yesterday, 6th April 2023 at his home in Dorset and was pronounced dead later that afternoon.
‘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 Mail revealed that on Friday morning, a member of the group’s manager Simon Fuller’s team called the six members – Ms Spearritt, 42, Rachel Stevens, 44, Tina Barrett, 46, Jon Lee, 40, Jo O’Meara, 43, and Bradley McIntosh, 41 – to tell them the news.
Tragedy: Cattermole was found at his Dorset home last Thursday morning and was pronounced dead in the afternoon, his family said on Friday (pictured on Wednesday, April 6)
Career: The Mail on Sunday revealed Cattermole was one of the first of the seven stars to agree to take part in the reunion shows (pictured in Feburary 2023)
Humble abode: Paul was found dead at his home in Dorset on Thursday this week
The source added: ‘Hannah couldn’t even speak of the news, her boyfriend has been having the conversations that need to be had.
‘She is inconsolable, this has come out of nowhere and she is simply numb.’
Mr Fuller, who launched the band in 1998 and was heading up the forthcoming reunion tour, was said to be ‘deeply upset’ at the news.
Meanwhile, the band paid tribute to Cattermole on social media.
They posted a black and white photograph of the singer in the band’s heyday and wrote: ‘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.’
Cattermole, who made a living as a tarot card reader after falling on hard times after he quit the group in 2002, was said to have been in ‘good spirits’ when he was seen at a park close to his home near Swanage last Wednesday. An onlooker said he was ‘smiling and enjoying the sunshine’.
A source said: ‘Paul was so excited, though he seemed awkward on the outside he was looking forward to reliving some of the old, happy times with the group; (S Club 7 pictured in 1999)
Meanwhile, Fuller, who created the group in the late 90s, broke his silence on Cattermole’s death on Saturday, saying: ‘Paul was a beacon of light for a generation of pop music fans and he will be greatly missed.
‘We’re all deeply shocked and saddened by this news.’
His bandmates were said to be ‘concerned’ for his wellbeing just before he died.
Cattermole previously left Loose Women viewers in tears as he discussed his life living on the breadline, revealing he was living off noodles and couldn’t afford a new shirt for his television appearance at the time.
The singer revealed he had fallen on hard times and had been experiencing money problems since being declared bankrupt in 2015.
Following the sad news of his passing, a video from his appearance looking for love on First Dates Hotel in 2019 has resurfaced online.
In the clip, Paul sweetly admitted he would trade his ‘success’ and ‘fame’ in S Club for a chance at ‘one true love’ before going on the date.
Paul, who quit S Club four years after they catapulted to fame, said recognition and money weren’t the ‘route to happiness’ but finding love is.
He said: ‘Would I have traded the success and the number ones for one true love? I think yeah, yeah.
‘Fame isn’t the route to happiness, money isn’t the route to happiness, being with somebody you love is.’
The singer went on to say although he had had an array of short relationships, including with S Club co-star Hannah, he wanted to find true love.
Following the news of his death, celebrities and thousands of S Club 7 fans took to social media to pay tribute to Cattermole.
Television presenter Vernon Kay wrote: ‘This is so very sad. From when I first started in TV all the way through CBBC, T4, TOTP, smash hits poll winners Paul and Sclub were always there. He always had time for a chat. RIP.’
Paul’s former housemate and friend, Sheridan Smith, said in a post on Instagram that his loss made her feel ‘sick’, according to OK!.
Tragic news: While his cause of death has not been revealed, the band’s manager reportedly said that there were ‘no suspicious circumstances’
Smith said: ‘Devastated beyond words. We all grew up together in the NYMT then all lived together for years.
‘He was an amazing man and my heart breaks for his friends, family and loved ones. Thinking of Han & Neil and his band mates too. Too young. Feel sick.’
Breakfast television host Lorraine Kelly tweeted: ‘This is so sad. Lovely man and he was so looking forward to the #sclub7 reunion. Interviewed them all many times and struck by how gentle and shy he was.’
And BBC presenter Owain Wynn Evans wrote on Twitter: ‘I am so sad to hear this. Sending love xxxx.’
Responding to S Club 7’s words, TV presenter Rylan Clark wrote: ‘Sending all the love to you all xxx.’
Sugababes singer Keisha Buchanan wrote: ‘Such sad news about Paul #Sclub7 he was always lovely on the occasions where we saw each other throughout our pop journey. My heartfelt condolences & prayers to his family, friends and band mates urghh I hate this. Love while you can guys.’
Paying tribute: The news prompted an outpouring of tributes from his fans and fellow celebrities across social media last night
Heartbreaking: His ex-girlfriend and fellow S Club 7 star Hannah Spearritt was said to be ‘in bits’ after she was told the news by the band’s management team (pictured together in 2004)
Paul left S Club 7 in 2002, citing ‘creative differences’, and the group changed their name from S Club 7 to simply S Club before splitting for good a year later.
Their TV show Miami 7 was first aired in 1999 – getting around 90m viewers, before in 2001, the band starred in Hollywood 7, when Paul started dating co-star Hannah.
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 to avoid being spotted by fans.
Hannah and Paul split up in 2006 and got back together for a few months in 2015, before calling it time on their relationship for good.