Grieving Jo O’Meara cuts glum figure in first outing since devastating death of S Club bandmate Paul Cattermole
Posted by  badge Boss on Apr 14
Jo O’Meara was seen for the first time since Paul Cattermole’s death (Picture: SplashNews.com)

looked downcast as she was seen for the first time since the death of .

The star’s death shocked the nation last week, with the band releasing a statement to confirm the heartbreaking news after

Cattermole, 46, was just months away from hitting the stage with his bandmates for a reunion tour in celebration of their 25th anniversary.

Sharing a picture of Cattermole on Instagram, the band wrote on April 7: ‘We are truly devastated by the passing of our brother Paul.

‘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.

The singer cut a glum figure on a dog walk (Picture: SplashNews.com)
O’Meara had her hair up in a ponytail and wore her glasses (Picture: SplashNews.com)
She was seen walking her pups in Essex (Picture: SplashNews.com)

‘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.’

What followed was an with in a social media tribute.

The Reach hitmaker was joined by friend Cindy Lazarus (Picture: SplashNews.com)
The ladies both wrapped up in puffer coats, chatting as they strolled (Picture: SplashNews.com)

Stepping out this week, the Reach singer was spotted walking her dogs in Essex with pal Cindy Lazarus.

Wearing her blonde hair in a ponytail, glasses, and a puffer coat, the star cut a casual figure as she got some fresh air.

O’Meara appeared engrossed in conversation with her friend as they let the dogs run free.

The S Club 7 member shared her devastation over her bandmates death last week (Picture: SplashNews.com)

Her sighting comes one day after fellow band member while heading to her radio show for the first time since losing Cattermole.

Taking to Instagram on Tuesday (April 11), the Bring It All Back hitmaker expressed her emotion following the loss of her friend and bandmate.

The 43-year-old wrote in full: ‘I just wanted to reach out and thank everybody from the bottom of my heart for the love and kindness you have shown over the tragic passing of our sweetest soul Paul.’

It remains unclear whether the rest of the band will still go on their reunion tour (Picture: SplashNews.com)

She went on: ‘This has been utterly devastating , and I am totally shocked and heartbroken.

‘We have lost someone so incredibly special to us all , and there is a huge sense of sadness that will never go.’

She concluded lovingly: ‘Paul will forever be a huge part of our lives , and I will forever treasure the memories we made ! I will love you always Paul , God bless you my darling , Rest in forever Peace Love JoJo.’

Rachel Stevens, Jon Lee, Hannah Spearritt, Bradley McIntosh, and Tina Barrett have all shared their heartbreak following the tragic news of Cattermole’s death (Picture: Getty)
The singer shared his excitement to hit the road again just days before he died (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)

It remains unclear whether O’Meara and fellow S Clubbers Stevens, Jon Lee, Hannah Spearritt, Tina Barrett, and Bradley McIntosh will go ahead with their UK and Ireland tour later this year.

Shortly before his death, Cattermole spoke of his excitement to be getting back on stage.

According to , a fan at lunchtime last Wednesday.

They described him as ‘very happy and chatty’, telling the outlet: ‘He told me the band were going back on tour and couldn’t hide how excited he was about it.

‘He was beaming when he said, “I’m going to smash it — it will be brilliant!”’