Dead Or Alive’s Pete Burns has died

Dead Or Alive’s Pete Burns
Dead Or Alive's Pete Burns

Pete Burns: the cover of Dead Or Alive’s 1985 single In Too Deep

The eccentric singer-songwriter famous for 80s hit ‘You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)’ is dead at 57 years old

Dead Or Alive’s frontman Pete Burns has passed away at the age of 57, according to a statement on his Twitter account. Posted by his management company, the tweet declared that the iconic 80s singer had died “suddenly of a massive cardiac arrest” on Sunday 23 October 2016.

Born in Bebington, UK on 5 August 1959, Peter Jozzeppi Burns first performed in the Mystery Girls, before joining Liverpudlian proto-Goth band Nightmares In Wax in 1979. The act went through a number of personnel changes, before being renamed Dead Or Alive in 1980.

With Burns on lead vocals, the band had a minor hit in 1984 with a cover version of That’s The Way (I Like It), but found success with the No 1 UK Single You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), which went on to become a global hit, including reaching No 11 on the Billboard Hot 100.

In recent years, Burns found renewed fame by appearing on several reality television shows, most notably Celebrity Big Brother, Celebrity Wife Swap and The Body Shocking Show.

Stars who paid tribute after his death included Boy George, who tweeted: “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!”

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