Music star Pete Burns, who famously sang the iconic 1984 chart-topper You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), has died at the age of just 57.
The Dead Or Alive frontman suffered a massive cardiac arrest on Sunday, 23rd October, with his manager breaking the news to fans on his official Twitter page:
As frontman of the British new wave/synthpop outfit Dead Or Alive, who were still listed as active in 2016, Burns was no one-hit wonder.
In fact, the he notched up multiple Top 20 hits including Lover Come Back To Me, In Too Deep, Something In My House and of course You Spin Me, which became the theme song to Adam Sandler & Drew Barrymore’s legendary retro-inspired 1998 rom-com, The Wedding Singer.
The flamboyant frontman also experienced something of a pop cultural resurgence in recent years thanks to his 2006 appearance on Britain’s Celebrity Big Brother — which boosted You Spin Me back into the Top 5 — and a surgically-enhanced, androgynous appearance.
Tributes to the late legend have begun to flow in from across social media, including a heartfelt post from Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears, who says: “You always elevated a room, whether in person or on the speakers..”
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What a true original, a treasure of a human being. Pete Burns was so talented, funny and kind. Brash and bold. "You either ride the wave or it'll just swallow you up. Ride the wave, babe." Some of my favorite advice anyone's given me. I feel so fortunate to have had the pleasure of sharing the stage and many laughs with this true rock star… you will be absolutely missed, Pete. Thank you for the tunes and the fun times. You always elevated a room, whether in person or on the speakers..
While Boy George says he’s “heartbroken” and has called Burns “one of our great true eccentrics”.
Tearful about the passing of @PeteBurnsICON he was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to believe!
— Boy George (the truth is in your breath) (@BoyGeorge) October 24, 2016
Burns’ Celebrity Big Brother co-stars, including British politician George Galloway and Ordinary Boys singer Samuel Preston, have also paid their respects, while some fans have been sharing pictures of the singer’s legendary 1985 Smash Hits interview with Morrissey.
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. RIP
— George Galloway (@georgegalloway) October 24, 2016
Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted.
— Preston (@samuelpreston) October 24, 2016
Part of the Morrissey and Pete Burns interview from Smash Hits 1985 pic.twitter.com/MKI62u3wFv
— SmithsMoz Cuttings (@c_smithsmoz) October 24, 2016
RIP to another icon.
Relive the 80’s pop genius of You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) below.
Watch: Dead Or Alive – ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’