British singer Pete Burns has died of a heart attack, his management team confirmed Monday afternoon. He was 57.
“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,” they said in a statement. “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 that he has left us with.” The band was set to release a new compilation, Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI, on Oct. 28 — just five days away.
Burns was perhaps most famous for the 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” which hit No. 1 in the U.S. and around the globe.
The team said they will release more information after they’ve “had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.”
Just 10 days before his death, Burns posted an eerie post on Twitter that reads, “Counting down the days…..”
Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with pop band Dead or Alive and appeared on Celebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006. Dead or Alive, along with Boy George, typified a specific kind of glammed-up, androgynous look that drew on David Bowie, among others, for influence and became de rigeur for pop artists for a time.
The entertainer appeared on Celebrity Botched Up Bodies last month for a show on his numerous plastic surgeries, in which he admitted he’s had “probably 300” operations over the years to fix botched procedures.
The first surgery, to fix a broken nose that was crooked to one side, came 20 years ago when “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” skyrocketed his fame.
“I realized I was going to be a visual entity and that I had to look good,” he said in the episode.
Despite the complications that have risen, Burns had no plans to stop going under the knife.
“I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognize me,” he said.