Celeb BB star David Gest passes away aged 62

1 comment - Posted on April 12 2016 at 06:23pm

Celebrity Big Brother 2016 housemates - David Gest

David Gest tragically passed away aged 62 this morning, just three months after he took part in Celebrity Big Brother 2016, it has been confirmed.

According to the BBC, the music producer was found dead in a hotel room at London’s Canary Wharf, although police do not believe there were suspicious circumstances involved.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: “Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel. A post-mortem will be held in due course.”

His passing was confirmed by his close friend and former bodyguard Imad Handi, who said: “It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon.”

Gest was one of sixteen stars to enter the latest series of Celebrity Big Brother in January. However, he quit the show after just under two weeks, having suffered from illness in the house.

Celebrity Big Brother 2016 launch show - David Gest

Many of his fellow housemates have taken to Twitter to pay tribute, with Nancy Dell’Olio writing: “I am very shocked to hear the news about David. I can’t believe it. I spoke to him just a few weeks ago. It’s very sad news indeed, he will be sorely missed.”

Kristina Rihanoff said: “I can’t put it words how truly sad I’m to hear that the wonderful @DavidGest2016 past (sic) away. One of the best people I got to know in my life.”

Darren Day added: “I’m devastated to hear about my dear friend David Gest. I love and miss you mate. Heaven will be a brighter place.”

He was involved in one of the most dramatic moments of the series after Angie Bowie found out that David Bowie had died. She told Tiffany Pollard that “David’s dead”, but the reality TV star caused a commotion, believing she meant their fellow housemate Gest rather than her ex-husband.

Celebrity Big Brother 2016 - David Gest

Gest was due to embark on a new UK tour later this year, which he named ‘David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul!’ in a now-ironic reference to the mix-up.

Tiffany had also recently launched her own line of t-shirts, one of which carried the slogan ‘David is dead’. However, the garment has now been taken down from her online shop.

In a statement posted on Twitter this afternoon, her management said: “Just to confirm @TiffanyPollard is not yet aware of the passing of David Gest. But as her management we have decided to remove certain T-shirts from her range. We also send all our love to David’s family.”

Gest, the ex-husband of actress Liza Minelli, found fame in the UK as a contestant on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and a judge on Simon Cowell talent contest Grease Is The Word.

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1 comment on this article

  1. FlyBoy says:
    Wed 13 Apr Reply !

    This is all so bizarre. RIP. Tiffany must feel so weird atm.

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