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Gately Widower Files Columist Complaint


The civil partner of deceased British singer Stephen Gately (pictured) has filed a formal complaint about Daily Mail columnist Jan Moir, who called the circumstances of his death "sleazy" and criticized same-sex partnerships in an article published one day before the funeral.

According to The Guardian, widower Andrew Cowles "complained through his solicitors, Mishcon de Reya, citing breaches of accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock and discrimination."

Gately, a singer for Boyzone, died while on vacation in Majorca in October. The cause was a buildup of fluid on his lungs, which investigators ruled was due to natural causes.

The U.K.'s Press Complaints Commission received 25,000 complaints from the public, according to TheGuardian, but Cowles is the first person directly affected by the article to complain.

Moir denied that her article, headlined "A Strange, Lonely and Troubling Death," struck a homophobic tone. She was called the Stonewall Bigot of the Year as a result of her work.

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