You Spin Me Round singer Pete Burns dies after cardiac arrest


Singer Pete Burns has died at the age of 57.

The singer-songwriter died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest, his management said.

Celebrities including Boy George and 80s pop star Marilyn have been paying tribute following news of the star's death.

Marilyn said he was shocked as he saw Burns recently.

George Galloway, who shared the Celebrity Big Brother House with Burns in 2006, said he was "brilliant".

Burns rose to fame in the 80s with his band Dead Or Alive, known for the 1985 track You Spin Me Round.

In recent years he also appeared on reality television shows such as Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Body Shocking Show.

The statement from his management on Twitter said: "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.

"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 he has left us with.

"We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss."

Pete Burns performing with Dead Or Alive
Dead Or Alive's breakout hit was You Spin Me Round (Yui Mok/PA)

Born in Cheshire in 1959, Burns has said he had an unconventional childhood and started experimenting with his look at an early age.

He launched his music career after finding work in a record shop in his teens, but early bands failed to hit the big time.

He founded Dead Or Alive in 1985 and they went on to enjoy a string of successful singles, including number one You Spin Me Round.

Pete Burns and Michael Simpson at their civil partnership ceremony
Pete Burns and Michael Simpson tied the knot in 2007 (Ian Nicholson/PA)

Burns married Lynne Corlett in Liverpool in 1980.

They stayed together for more than 25 years but were divorced in 2006.

Burns went on to announce that he was marrying Michael Simpson and they tied the knot in 2007, with the singer dressed as a geisha.