'You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)' singer has passed away after a massive cardiac arrest
Fans and famous friends are paying tribute to Pete Burns on social media.
His family announced this afternoon (October 23) that the Dead Or Alive frontman passed away after suffering a “massive cardiac arrest”. He was 57 years old.
In a lengthy post on Instagram, Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears said of Burns: “You always elevated a room, whether in person or on the speakers..”
Politician George Galloway, who famously appeared alongside the singer on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, wrote: “He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don’t get more brilliant than that.”
The show’s presenter Davina McCall said she was “so so so sad” to hear news of Burns’ passing, adding: “We partied hard in the 90s.”
Another of Burns’ Celebrity Big Brother housemates, Ordinary Boys singer Samuel Preston, hailed the late singer as a “true punk rocker”.
Meanwhile, Boy George said he is “heartbroken” and called Burns “one of our great true eccentrics”.
Radio and TV presenter Jamie East called him “a true pop icon and a really, really fun fella to work and hang out with”. Fellow ’80s pop star Sinitta said “we had some laughs and some tears over the years”, adding: “You were a sensitive soul and will be missed.”
Rylan Clark-Neal, presenter of Big Brother’s Bit On The Side, a show Burns appeared on regularly in recent years, said it was “such an honour to spin right round with you”.
Author and activist Owen Jones and Ru Paul’s Drag Race judge Michelle Visage also reacted sadly to the news.
Meanwhile, some fans have been sharing pictures of his legendary 1985 Smash Hits interview with Morrissey.
Burns rose to fame as the frontman of ’80s pop band Dead Or Alive, who notched up Top 20 hits with ‘Lover Come Back To Me’, ‘In Too Deep’ and ‘Something In My House’.
However, their best-known song by far was ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’, which made Number One in March 1985 after a 17-week climb to the top of the charts. It was the first Number One single produced by the Stock Aitken Waterman “hit factory” who would go on to dominate British pop later in the decade.
It became a Top Five hit again in 2006 after Burns appeared on Celebrity Big Brother, where he finished fifth.
Celebrity Big Brother gave Burns, who was known for his sharp tongue, flamboyant dress sense and love of cosmetic surgery, a second career as a popular and often caustic TV personality.