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Saturday 18 January 2020

You Spin Me Round singer Pete Burns dies

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

Singer Pete Burns has died at the age of 57.

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

Celebrities including Boy George and 80s pop star Marilyn have been paying 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 he was shocked as he saw Burns recently.

"Absolute shock at the news of Pete Burns death ... only just saw him ... my sincerest wishes to his family, friends, and fans," he wrote on Twitter.

George Galloway, who shared the Celebrity Big Brother House with Burns in 2006, said he was "brilliant".

He 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 yesterday 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 has said he 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.

Burns went on to announce that he was marrying Michael Simpson and they tied the knot in 2007, with the singer dressed as a geisha.

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