Celebrity Big Brother star Pete Burns passes away

The Dead or Alive frontman suffered a 'massive' cardiac arrest
- Posted on October 24 2016 at 11:14pm

Pete Burns

Dead Or Alive frontman and former Celebrity Big Brother housemate Pete Burns has tragically died aged 57.

A statement posted on Pete’s Twitter account this evening confirmed that he passed away yesterday from a cardiac arrest.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns (of Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest,” the message said.

“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 he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories the has left us with.”

Pete is best known for the chart-topping hit ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’. During his career with Dead or Alive, the band achieved seven top 40 singles and three top 40 albums.

The singer took part in the fourth series of Celebrity Big Brother on Channel 4 in January 2006, finishing in fifth place in its final. He is regarded by fans as one of the show’s most memorable housemates.

Several Big Brother figures have taken to Twitter to pay their respects. Davina McCall, the show’s former presenter, wrote: “So so sad to hear about Pete Burns … we partied hard in the 90s … RIP Pete x”

George Galloway, one of Pete’s fellow housemates, said: “Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don’t get more brilliant than that.”

Samuel Preston added: “Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I’ve ever know. Gutted.”

Watch Pete’s Celebrity Big Brother best bits below:

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