Boy George, Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon and Billy Idol lead tributes to Steve Strange

Strange passed away from a heart attack in Egypt yesterday

Boy George, Simon Le Bon and Billy Idol have led tributes to Visage frontman Steve Strange, who passed away from a heart attack yesterday (February 12).

Strange was reported to have died in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. His 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 have since poured in from Strange’s music peers. 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”. Spandau Ballet’s Gary Kemp said that his band “dedicated our performance to Steve Strange”. See a collection of tributes below.

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

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