Paul Cattermole Obituary, Death – Friday (April 7) was the day that the singer’s bandmates broke the news to the public through the official S Club 7 social media outlets. A happy black-and-white portrait of Cattermole was accompanied by the words “We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul,” which the other six members of the band had written. “It is impossible to put into words the profound sense of loss and sorrow that all of us share. We count ourselves extremely fortunate to have had the opportunity to spend time with him, and we are grateful for the wonderful memories we had. We shall all feel a tremendous void in our hearts caused by his passing. At this time, we ask that you respect the privacy of his family as well as the band.
Rachel Stevens, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Jo O’Meara, and Bradley McIntosh were also members of the British pop act. They had just announced in February that they would be reuniting for a 25th anniversary tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland this fall, including three performances at London’s O2 Arena that have already sold out. Cattermole’s death is a devastating loss for the band. As of the time of this publication, there has been no indication on how the death of the singer would effect those plans.
Although S Club 7 achieved only a single Top 10 song on the Billboard Hot 100 during their teen pop heyday with 2000’s “Never Had a Dream Come True,” their popularity was significantly greater in their home country of the United Kingdom, where they scored three top three albums on the Official Albums list. In addition, each of their 13 singles reached a position in the top five of the Official Singles chart in the United Kingdom, with four of those tracks reaching the top spot.
Cattermole was responsible for providing lead vocals on some of the band’s most well-known album tracks, including “Love Train,” “Good Times,” and “Summertime Feeling,” during the course of the band’s first three studio sets. In addition, he dated bandmate Hannah Spearritt twice, the first time in 2001 and the second time for a short period of time in 2015; the story of their romance was included in an episode of the band’s television series, Hollywood 7. His former comrades eliminated the “7” from their name and continued on for another year as simply S Club until disbanding in June of 2003. Cattermole departed the band in 2002 to start the short-lived nu-metal band Skua, while his former bandmates continued on as simply S Club.
Cattermole kept exploring his pop roots for the better part of the following two decades, eventually joining O’Meara, McIntosh, and Barrett to establish the spinoff group known as S Club 3. During this time, Cattermole was a member of S Club 3. Late in the year 2014, he and the other six members of the band officially got back together to prepare for their first reunion tour, which was called Bring It All Back 2015. In the 2010s, the pop artist also battled with financial difficulties, to the point where he had to sell two of his BRIT Awards on eBay in order to keep himself afloat financially.