Celebrity Big Brother housemates lead first tributes to David Gest who has died aged 62

Celebrity friends have paid tribute to David Gest after he died on Tuesday at the age of 62.

The former Celebrity Big Brother star and music producer was found dead in a hotel room in London's Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.

David Gest
David Gest has passed away aged 62 (Ian West/PA)

His Big Brother housemates Gemma Collins, Christopher Maloney, Stephanie Davis and Megan McKenna were among the first to tweet their sadness at the sudden news.

He appeared on the most recent series of the reality show, but left after 13 days due to illness.

Close friends also shared their memories of the personality, who was famously married to Liza Minnelli.

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