Friday 30 September 2016

Reality TV star and music producer David Gest dies aged 62

Published 12/04/2016 | 16:08

David Gest with his wife Liza Minnelli Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
David Gest with his wife Liza Minnelli Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
David Gest and his wife Liza Minnelli Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
David Gest with his wife Liza Minnelli Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
David Gest posing with his Entertainment Collection prior to it's auction Credit: Anthony Devlin/PA Wire
David Gest

Reality TV star David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minnelli, has died in a London hotel aged 62.

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The former Celebrity Big Brother star was married to Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007.

He was also known for being a close friend of the late Michael Jackson.

The TV personality gained a following in the United Kingdom recently when he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.

David Gest Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
David Gest Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

Friend Imad Handi said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today.

"David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.

"I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners.

"If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately."

A Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at 10.17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel.

"A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed."






The US producer had taken part in the Celebrity Big Brother house earlier this year.

However, he was forced to leave the house early due to medical reasons.

On the show, housemates mistakenly thought Gest had died when Tiffany Pollard misheard Angie Bowie as she relayed the news of David Bowie's death.

Tributes have already begun to pour in for the well known celebrity:

 

 

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