Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns dead at 57
Pete Burns, the iconic frontman of Dead or Alive, died Sunday from a massive heart attack, his spokesman has confirmed via Twitter:
“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.
“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 the has left is with.
“We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.
“He will live forever in our memories.”
Formed in Liverpool in 1980, Dead or Alive found great success both in the UK and in the U.S. with hits such as You Spin Me Round (Like a Record) and Brand New Lover. Burns found further fame in 2006 when he became a popular cast member of the UK's Celebrity Big Brother.
Burns' androgynous and gender-bending style was still fairly unheard of when he came into the limelight in the early '80s. In a 2007 interview with the UK's Guardian, he remarked: "Everyone’s in drag of some sorts, I don’t give a (expletive) about gender and drag. I’m not trying to be a girl by putting on a dress – gender is separated by fabric. I was brought up with an incredible amount of freedom and creativity. Society has put certain constraints on things.”