2016 has claimed another icon in Pete Burns. The singer, entertainer and eccentric who founded pop group Dead or Alive has died of a cardiac arrest aged 57.
He rose to fame in the 1980s with You Spin Me Round (Like A Record) and also appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
A statement released by his partner, Michael Simpson, his ex-wife, Lynne Corlett, and his manager and former band member, Steve Coy, read: ‘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 will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.’
— Pete Burns (@PeteBurnsICON) October 24, 2016
Friends and fans, including Boy George and Laverne Cox, have paid tribute to Pete Burns.
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 (@BoyGeorge) October 24, 2016
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) October 25, 2016
NOOOOOOOOO NOT @PeteBurnsICON PLEASE SAY NO
— michelle visage (@michellevisage) October 24, 2016
My heart has sank. Pete Burns inspired me as a teenager (and adult) to be myself. You will NEVER be forgotten. Rest In Peace, beautiful. pic.twitter.com/8NOGl5edga
— Chris Crocker (@ChrisCrocker) October 24, 2016
My heart is broken. @PeteBurnsICON taught me to own my beauty. He is such an important puzzle piece of inspiration. Thank you forever 💔😔
— Adore Delano (@AdoreDelano) October 24, 2016
So so sad to hear about Pete Burns … we partied hard in the 90s … RIP Pete x
— Davina McCall (@ThisisDavina) October 24, 2016
— Harry Clayton-Wright (@HClaytonWright) October 24, 2016
So sad to hear the news about Pete Burns. You always knew you were in for a crackin show when he was on. Sweet dreams Pete
— Emma Willis (@EmmaWillis) October 24, 2016
Really sad to hear Pete Burns has died, someone who absolutely brimmed with life and personality… a true original who always made me smile
— Paris Lees (@ParisLees) October 24, 2016
— Mike Buonaiuto (@Mike_Shapes) October 24, 2016
— amy lamé (@amylame) October 24, 2016
We’ve had some mad times with Pete but he was a one off creation,a fabulous fantastic brilliant creature and always sweet to me. #peteburns
— Marc Almond (@MarcAlmond) October 24, 2016
Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years .you were a sensitive soul and will be missed x
— Sinitta 19 (@sinittaofficial) October 24, 2016
Loved Pete Burns. Brilliant witty mind and what a stunning young man he was ❤️
— ROWETTA 🎤 (@Rowetta) October 24, 2016