Stephen Gately's husband ANDREW COWLES has filed an official complaint with the U.K.'s media watchdog over a controversial newspaper article which alleged there was "nothing natural" about the Boyzone star's death.
Cowles lodged the grievance with the Press Complaints Commission (PCC) following a staggering backlash to an opinion piece in Britain's Daily Mail newspaper in October (09), just days after the Irish singer's untimely passing.
He claims the article, which garnered thousands of complaints, breached guidelines on accuracy, intrusion into grief or shock, and discrimination - and an investigation has been officially launched into the reporting of the piece.
PCC director Stephen Abell says, "We're now investigating this complaint which we are taking forward formally and we'll consider it together with the 25,000 (other) complaints as soon as possible.
"We'll be writing to the newspaper with this latest complaint from Andrew Cowles."
Executives at Boyzone's record label also complained about the piece regarding Gately, who died at his home in Majorca, Spain on 10 October (09) from a build-up of fluid on his lungs. A post-mortem concluded the singer died from natural causes.