Boyzone star Stephen Gately’s death is shrouded in mystery amid claims he died after a marathon drinking session.

But the family of the 33-year-old Irish pop singer and actor insisted it was a “tragic accident” and that no foul play was involved.

Police said there were “no signs of suspicious circumstances” after Gately was found dead at his home in the resort of Port Andratx, Majorca, on Saturday afternoon.

Reports have claimed he spent up to eight hours drinking on Friday night and choked to death on his vomit while asleep after a night’s clubbing.

Fellow band members – Ronan Keating, Keith Duffy, Mikey Graham and Shane Lynch – arrived in Majorca and spent an hour at Gately’s home in Port Andratx. They were hoping for answers over the tragic death of their “friend and brother”.

Gerald Kean, who was asked by Gately’s family to speak on their behalf, said: “There’s no foul play involved and it’s not suicide. It’s just a tragic accident is what we’ve been told and we’re happy that that is correct information.

“There is nothing untoward, it’s not drugs, we don’t believe, it’s not suicide, it’s not murder, it’s not a fight. That’s what we’ve been told.”

As tributes poured in from the music world, a spokesman for police in Port Andratx added: “At the moment it is not known how he died. There are no signs of suspicious circumstances.”

A post-mortem is expected to take place in Spain this week.

It was reported that police want to speak to a 25-year-old Bulgarian man who was said to have met Gately and his partner Andrew Cowles at a bar and returned with them to their Port Andratx home before the singer’s death.

The band’s manager Louis Walsh pulled out of the X Factor live finals show, saying he was “very shocked and exceptionally upset”.