Irish pop singer Stephen Gately has died at the age of 33.
As well as being greatly respected as a performer, Gately was considered a hero of gay rights. Unlike many closeted colleagues, he managed to be both a boy band star and openly gay.
And in typical UK tabloid fashion, this has apparently earned Gately the right to have the sordid elements of his story splashed far and wide.
However, his sad passing appears to be a tragically simple case of a tragically avoidable death.