Tuesday 20 February 2018

'He was a true visionary' - Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns dies aged 57

Pete Burns arriving at the Celebrity Big Brother 4 house, as he has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns arriving at the Celebrity Big Brother 4 house, as he has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Singer Pete Burns and Michael Simpson during their civil partnership ceremony at the Royal Society of Arts, London, as singer Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Ian Nicholson/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

Julia Hunt

Singer Pete Burns has died at the age of 57.

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

A statement 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 yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest.

"All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star."

Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire

The star 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 said: "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."

Davina McCall, who hosted the 2006 Celebrity Big Brother series the star appeared in, was among those who tweeted their condolences.

She said: "So, so sad to hear about Pete Burns... we partied hard in the 90s... RIP Pete x."

Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Yui Mok/PA Wire
Pete Burns has died at the age of 57 Credit: Ian West/PA Wire

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Preston, the Ordinary Boys frontman who also appeared in the series, tweeted: "Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted."

Former Ultravox singer Midge Ure said: "We were with the same management back in the day. RIP."

Television presenter Jamie East said: "So desperately sad to hear about Pete Burns. A true pop icon and a really, really fun fella to work and hang out with. Sleep well buddy."

Comedian Limmy wrote: "Had the pleasure of meeting Pete Burns at a charity do once. He was incredibly down to earth, and VERY funny."

DJ Matthew Rudd said: "Pete Burns' death is tragic. A showman. Angry, engaging, opinionated, fiery singer, great stage presence, clearly vulnerable. RIP fella."

Singer Sinitta wrote: "Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years. You were a sensitive soul and will be missed x."

Tom Parker, from boyband The Wanted, tweeted: "The curse of 2016 strikes again! Pete Burns. A true eccentric. A master of it!"

Wayne Hussey, a former guitarist with Dead Or Alive, currently on tour as singer with The Mission, wrote on Facebook: "I'm sat in a dressing room in Bratislava and just received the devastating news that my ol' mucker Pete Burns (of Dead Or Alive) has sadly passed away. I can't believe it.

"Pete was and will remain quite possibly the most naturally talented person I have ever worked with. Always larger than life, which sometimes tended to obscure that fact, with the quickest and most wicked tongue, he was always huge fun to be around. I loved Pete and learnt so much from him.

"Today is indeed a very sad day for me. Pete will always live large, and very fondly, in my memory. RIP, dear friend."

Marc Almond, the Soft Cell musician, tweeted: "We've had some mad times with Pete but he was a one off creation, a fabulous, fantastic, brilliant creature and always sweet to me."

Rowetta, the Happy Mondays co-singer, said: "Loved Pete Burns. Brilliant, witty mind and what a stunning young man he was."

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