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Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns dies of a heart attack at age 57

Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns dies of a heart attack at age 57

Pete Burns founded the band Dead or Alive in 1980.

Pete Burns, founder the band Dead or Alive, has died suddenly.

He was 57 and suffered a heart attack on Sunday (23 October).

In a statement on Twitter, his manager wrote: ‘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 the wonderful memories he has left with us… he will live forever in our memories.

Burns founded Dead or Alive in 1980 and was vocalist and songwriter.

The band rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single You Spin Me Round.

A second wave of fame came later when Burns appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 and finished in fifth place.

He went on to appear on more television reality shows and did some presenting work.

Burns was known for his ever-changing, often androgynous appearance, which he freely admitted was greatly modified by cosmetic surgery.