PAUL Cattermole's S Club 7 bandmates were reportedly "concerned" for him returning to the limelight before his tragic death.
The singer was found dead at his home in Wareham, Dorset on Thursday aged just 46.
Paul was said to have been looking forward to joining his former S Club 7 bandmates for a reunion tour scheduled for later this year.
But the rest of the pop group had concerns about the star's return to fame as he appeared "very quiet", the Daily Mail reports.
It comes after The Sun told how the band was left stunned by news of Paul's heartbreaking death.
His ex Hannah Spearritt and the rest of the group “broke down" and were left "in pieces".
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A source added: "No one can believe it. There is a real sense of horror and disbelief.”
A statement from Paul's family confirmed there are "no suspicious circumstances" surrounding his death.
Meanwhile, the band paid tribute with a touching Instagram post in memory of their co-star.
The tribute read: "We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul.
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"There are no words to describe the deep sadness and loss we all feel.
"We were so lucky to have had him in our lives and are thankful for the amazing memories we have.
"He will be so deeply missed by each and every one of us.
"We ask that you respect the privacy of his family and of the band at this time."
The S Club 7 tour was due to take place in October, with 11 dates in both the UK and Ireland, including Leeds, Birmingham, Nottingham and London.
It marked 25 years since the band – known for hits ‘S Club Party’, ‘Never Had a Dream Come True’ and ‘Reach’ – first formed.
All seven original members of the group – Paul, Hannah, Rachel Stevens, Tina Barrett, Jon Lee, Bradley McIntosh and Jo O’Meara – had agreed to reunite.
It is not clear if the gigs will still go ahead following the tragedy.
Paul had shared a post last month on his Instagram of a Eurovision Comic Relief sketch with the rest of the band and appeared to be looking forward to reuniting.
The star left the band in 2002 – joining group Skua – and they eventually split a year later.
He had also embarked on a relationship with Hannah in 2001 but started drinking heavily after they broke up in 2006.
The singer suffered bankruptcy woes in 2014 and was forced to sell his Brit Award on eBay.
Paul worked odd jobs to make ends meet, regularly working as a station manager for a community radio station in Swanage.
He also appeared on TV show First Dates Hotel in 2019 – but left after his companion failed to recognise him.
In 2022, he started providing online tarot cards services, charging £39.99 for readings.
A Dorset police spokesperson told The Sun: “We were called at 4.41pm on Thursday 6 April 2023 to reports of the sudden death of a man aged in his 40s at an address in Wareham.
“The man’s family have been informed and HM Coroner notified.
"The death is not being treated as suspicious and enquiries are being carried out on behalf of HM Coroner.”
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