Iconic '80s singer-songwriter and reality television star Pete Burns has died of cardiac arrest at the age of 57, as confirmed via Burns' official Twitter on Monday. Along with the tweet a statement was released on behalf of bandmate Steve Coy, Burns' partner, Michael Simpson, and his ex-wife, Lynn, which reads,
“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 will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”
While Burns most recently was known as a reality television star from his appearances on Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap, and The Body Shocking Show, Burns reached notable success as founder and singer of the band Dead or Alive, which had a Billboard Hot 100 hit in 1985 with "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)," a song that has remained iconic in '80s music history.
Per the released statement, Burns died of a sudden massive cardiac arrest. The statement also included that his friends and family are currently in mourning over the tragic loss and would make further statement once the shock is over.
While you might not have recognized his name right away, you'll definitely remember Dead or Alive's big hit. Listen below: