Daily Mail writer Jan Moir wrote that the gay singer's "strange and lonely" passing last weekend was, contrary to the results of a post-mortem, "not, by any yardstick, a natural one".
Moir went on to say that the tragedy "strikes another blow to the happy-ever-after myth of civil partnerships", adding: "As a gay rights champion, I am sure he would want to set an example to any impressionable young men who may want to emulate what they might see as his glamorous routine.
"For once again, under the carapace of glittering, hedonistic celebrity, the ooze of a very different and more dangerous lifestyle has seeped out for all to see."
Her comments have since come under fire on social networking sites Facebook and Twitter. A Press Complaints Commission spokesperson confirmed to Pink News that about 200 complaints had been lodged by 1pm.
The Times journalist Caitlin Moran called the article "vile", while regular tweeter Stephen Fry wrote: "I gather a repulsive nobody writing in a paper no-one of any decency would be seen dead with has written something loathsome and inhumane."
The outrage comes as Gately's body is being flown home to Dublin ahead of a requiem mass tomorrow.