From one British pop icon to another: you’ll never be forgotten.
“Love this picture of Pete Burns,” George wrote alongside an image of the musician. “It’s like those tribal shots by Irvin Penn. Pete was a trailblazer. A hurricane. A true original and hilarious.”
The 55-year-old added, “We had our wars but I admired him!”
While George didn’t elaborate on the basis of their feud, he once told Billboard, “I had a pretty fierce [feud] with Pete Burns, but I’ve kind of grown to love Pete Burns now.”
“He’s such a great Brit eccentric — I just have a lot of affection for him now and we kind of transcended our youthful differences,” he explained. “We were pretty scathing, but it was kind of funny as well. He gave as good as he got.”
George’s Culture Club hit “Karma Chameleon” hit it big just a year before Burns’ “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” and both men dressed in an androgynous, glammed-up look.
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In an earlier message posted to Twitter, George wrote, “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!”
Burns management team confirmed his death Monday afternoon in a statement, writing, “It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that out 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,” the statement continued. “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 that he has left us with.”