Sunday 4 December 2016

Pete Burns was scheduled for Loose Women appearance

Published 25/10/2016 | 00:06

Pete Burns died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest.
Pete Burns died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest.

Pete Burns was due to appear on ITV daytime programme Loose Women on Monday, the day after he died at the age of 57.

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The singer-songwriter died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management said.

A spokesman for the daily TV show told the Press Association: "Pete was scheduled to appear on Loose Women yesterday.

"Our thoughts are with all of his family and friends following this very sad news."

According to reports, Burns's management had told the show's producers he was "no longer available", before his death was revealed later in the day in a statement.

Celebrities including fellow 80s stars Boy George and Marilyn have paid tribute following news of the star's death.

Boy George said: "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!"

Marilyn said: "Absolute shock at the news of Pete Burns death ... only just saw him ... my sincerest wishes to his family, friends, and fans."

George Galloway, who shared the Celebrity Big Brother House with Burns in 2006, tweeted: "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."

Burns rose to fame in the 80s with his band Dead Or Alive, known for the 1985 track You Spin Me Round.

In recent years he also appeared on reality television shows such as Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Body Shocking Show.

The statement from his management on Twitter said: "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 of a massive cardiac arrest.

"All of his family and friends 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.

"Sending you all our love. Lynne, Michael, Steve."

Born in Cheshire in 1959, Burns had an unconventional childhood and started experimenting with his look at an early age.

He launched his music career after finding work in a record shop in his teens, but early bands failed to hit the big time.

He founded Dead Or Alive in 1985 and they went on to enjoy a string of successful singles, including number one You Spin Me Round.

Burns married Lynne Corlett in Liverpool in 1980. They stayed together for more than 25 years but were divorced in 2006.

He then married Michael Simpson in 2007, with the singer dressed as a geisha.

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