Boy George, Spandau Ballet members and more attend Steve Strange’s funeral

Morrissey, Paul Weller and Charlotte Church were also on the guest list

The funeral of Visage frontman Steve Strange took place earlier today (March 12) in Porthcawl, south Wales.

Strange was born Steven John Harrington in Monmouthshire, Wales in 1959. He’s best known for his band’s 1980 hit single ‘Fade To Grey’.

As BBC News report, Strange’s funeral was attended by the likes of Boy George, Spandau Ballet members Martin and Gary Kemp and Tony Hadley, ABC frontman Martin Fry and hairdresser Nicky Clarke. It was also reported that Morrissey, Paul Weller and Charlotte Church were also on the guest list, however it’s not been confirmed if they attended the ceremony.

The news of Strange’s death was confirmed last month, with Strange reported to have suffered a heart attack. Strange died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt on February 12.

Speaking at the time, Strange’s agent Pete Bassett released a statement describing the Welsh musician as “a hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends”. Bassett added: “Up until last year he was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement and it comes as a great shock. We understood that he had certain health problems but nothing we knew was life-threatening. His friends and family are totally shocked, we had no idea anything like this was likely to happen.”

Tributes poured in from Strange’s music peers following the news. Fellow New Romantics singer Boy George wrote that he was “heartbroken” at the news, while Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon called Strange “the leading edge of New Romantic”.

In December 2014, Strange had been admitted to hospital in Wales after suffering “breathing difficulties”. Reports at the time cited a “bronchial infection and an intestinal blockage”.