Reality TV star and music producer David Gest dies aged 62
Published 12/04/2016 | 16:08
Reality TV star David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minnelli, has died in a London hotel aged 62.
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.
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."
rip @DavidGest2016 How sad!!— Simon Carrington ™ (@simoncarrington) April 12, 2016
The life of an icon - Michael Jackson remains an amazing film on the king.— Conor Kelly (@KellyConorp) April 12, 2016
RIP David Gest
David Gest's actually dead??? Very shocked and saddened, seemed like such a nice genuine guy, R.I.P :'(— Joseph (@JosephStyles11) April 12, 2016
Noooo, not David Gest! What's going on? I'll miss his crazy stories.— Cezbollah (@le_petit_cochon) April 12, 2016
David Gest has died... For real this time. How sad #ripdavidgest— Keeley Ashcroft (@keeleyjane1989) April 12, 2016
absolutely gutted to hear about david gest. took him to his train in piccadilly station once and he was so lovely and very thankful— vicky. (@victoriajaneox) April 12, 2016
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: