Singer-songwriter Pete Burns has died suddenly of a “massive cardiac arrest” aged 57, a statement on his official Twitter account has announced.
The statement, signed by his manager Steve Coy and including his civil partner Michael Simpson and ex-wife Lynne Corlett, said he died on Sunday.
“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest.
All of his friends and family are devastated by the loss of our special star. He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.
We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.
He will live forever in our memories.”
– STATEMENT ON BEHALF OF PETE BURNS FAMILY
Burns shot to fame as frontman for band Dead or Alive in the 1980s, best known for the 1985 hit ‘You Spin Me Round’.
After appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, he went on to presenting the spin-off show Big Brother’s Big Mouth.
In the same year, he revealed he had spent his life savings on cosmetic surgery predominantly extensive polyacrylamide injections into his lips and cheek implants.
He last appeared on television last month on Channel 5’s Celebrity Botched up Bodies, where he admitted he had over 300 operations to fix surgeries and nearly died in the process.
On the show, he said: “The number of surgeries I’ve has is probably 300. I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognise me.”
Singer and DJ Boy George, paid tribute to his friend who once accused him of stealing his image.
Tearful about the passing of @PeteBurnsICON he was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to believe!
— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) October 24, 2016
Fellow 1980s singer, Marilyn said he was shocked at the news as he had only recently seen him.
Singer of New Wave band ABC, paid tribute to Burns calling him “one of the greats”.
RIP Pete Burns One of the greats has gone
— Martin Fry (@ABCFRY) October 24, 2016
Politician George Galloway, who memorably improvised a dance with Burns in the Big Brother house, paid tribute to the singer describing him as a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker.
Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don't get more brilliant than that. RIP
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) October 24, 2016
Other celebrities paid tribute to the 1980s legend.
So so sad to hear about Pete Burns … we partied hard in the 90s … RIP Pete x
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) October 24, 2016
Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years .you were a sensitive soul and will be missed x
— Sinitta 19 (@sinittaofficial) October 24, 2016