Paul Cattermole Of S Club 7 Has Died At 46
In February, British pop group S Club 7 (ain’t no party like an S Club party!) announced they were reuniting for a 25th-anniversary tour this autumn. Today, fans got some tragic news: member Paul Cattermole has unexpectedly passed away. According to a statement from Paul’s family and S Club 7, he was found yesterday at his home in Dorset. He was declared dead later in the day. His cause of death is still unknown, but police have confirmed there were no suspicious circumstances. Paul was only 46.
On social media, the band wrote that they were “devastated” by the passing of their “brother”, Paul:
The Daily Mail published pictures of Paul smiling and dancing while on a walk in the countryside on Wednesday, just a day before he was found dead. A source close to Paul’s ex-girlfriend/bandmate, Hannah Spearritt, told the Daily Mail that she’s “absolutely devastated” and “inconsolable.” Hannah and Paul dated from 2001 to 2006. They briefly rekindled their romance in 2015 and were on good terms ahead of their reunion tour:
‘Just as they rekindled their friendship, the worst happened. The band are all in pieces. They were all looking forward to the reunion tour and reliving their amazing memories together. Paul has and always will be a huge part of Hannah’s journey. Right now, she is just beside herself.’
Paul was born in St. Albans, Hertfordshire in 1977. He was a member of the National Youth Music Theatre, and in 1998, he was hired by Spice Girls manager Simon Fuller to join the supergroup S Club 7 alongside members Hannah, Bradley McIntosh, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Rachel Stevens, and Jo O’Meara. Their debut single was “Bring It All Back.” Other hits included “S Club Party,” “Don’t Stop Movin’,” and “Never Had A Dream Come True.” The group also starred on a hit show, Miami 7 (known as S Club 7 in Miami in the US), where they played fictionalized versions of themselves, a la The Monkees.
The Guardian writes that Paul’s musical tastes “ended up chafing against S Club 7’s perky pop,” and he quit the band in 2002 to form the metal band Skua with his old high school friends. S Club 7 (then 6) officially disbanded in 2003. Skua didn’t last long, either. Eventually, Paul, Bradley, and Jo, reunited as S Club 3. They performed in various nightclubs, universities, and resorts around the UK. All seven members of the band eventually reunited for a tour in 2015.
That same year, Paul suffered a back injury while touring in a production of The Rocky Horror Show. In an interview on Loose Women in 2018, Paul admitted his injury and financial problems led to him having to sell his Brit Award on eBay. The bidding closed at £66,100, but the winning bidder failed to pay up. In recent years, he’d worked various jobs in Dorset, including as a community radio manager, tarot card reader, and “psychic, clairvoyant, and spirit coach.” In 2019, Paul appeared on the British reality show First Dates Hotel and talked about his bad luck with love and struggles with confidence. He comes off as a really sweet guy with a good sense of humor. Here’s Paul’s appearance on the show:
Since S Club 7 announced their reunion earlier this year, Paul took part in a few group interviews:
Very sad. Rest in Peace, Paul.