S Club 7 singer Paul Cattermole has died “unexpectedly” at the age of 46, his family and the pop group announced.
The singer, who was due to be reuniting with the band in February for a 25th anniversary tour, was found dead on Thursday afternoon at this home in Dorset, England.
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
In a statement, 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”.
S Club 7, who were known for pop hits such as Reach, Bring It All Back, S Club Party and Don’t Stop Movin’, split in 2003 after five years together.
Cattermole was in the band along with Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh, Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett and Jon Lee.
The group, who shot to fame when their debut single Bring It All Back went to number one in June 1999, were hand-picked by former Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller.
They band went on to record four studio albums, released 11 singles that all entered the Top 5 in the UK charts, and sold more than 10 million albums worldwide.
Some of their best known albums include chart-topper 7 in 2000, Sunshine in 2001 and Seeing Double in 2002.
They also starred in TV shows Miami 7 and L.A. 7, which became record-breaking favourites on children’s TV and were watched by more than 90 million people in more than 100 countries.
However, in March 2002, Cattermole said he would be stepping down from the band to go solo.
In February this year, all original members of S Club 7 announced they were reuniting for an arena tour in October, including a date at Dublin's 3Arena.
The band said: “After eight years it feels amazing to announce that we’re reuniting and performing together again.
“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. Music and friendship have always been at the core of everything that we’ve ever done.
“We hope everyone can join us for one big party,” the band said announcing the tour.