He apparently told Ronan Keating and Keith Duffy: "I will never forgive myself for this. He died and I couldn't help him. I feel like my life is over." Seemingly, the bandmates tried to console him and make him understand nothing could be done.
"They kept telling Andy that he shouldn't blame himself - but he just kept crying his eyes out," the Mirror quoted an insider as saying. "The guy is in a deep state of shock and he hasn't slept for a minute since this tragedy unfolded. He is a total mess and everyone is worried about him. They told him that there is nothing he could have done and that he has to stop blaming himself."
However, 31-year-old Cowles insisted that they were used to partying hard. "We have had wilder nights out in Dublin and this was nothing out of the ordinary. I just don't understand it. What hurts most is that he was only yards from me in the room next door and I didn't even know he was slipping away. If only I had gone in to check him."
Gately died at his apartment in Palma, Majorca.