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Stephen Gately's relatives launch defibrillator campaign

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Aug 05, 2014 | 5:37am EDT

The family of late Irish pop star Stephen Gately is campaigning to have special medical equipment installed in sports centres in a bid to save others who are struck down by potentially fatal heart conditions. The Boyzone star died aged 33 from an diagnosed heart condition called Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) in 2009 at his home on the Spanish island of Majorca. Gately's relatives are convinced lives could be saved if electrical defibrillators are made easier to access, and they have launched a campaign to have them installed in sports centres in the U.K. Gately's sister-in-law Claire says, "These conditions are silent killers. That's why it's important to have these defibrillators everywhere... You're reading about it all the time - young people collapsing, gymnasts, football (soccer) players, rugby players." The singer's family launched the Stephen Gately Trust last year (13) with the support of his former bandmates to raise awareness of SADS.

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