Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns dies at 57
Dead or Alive singer Pete Burns died on Sunday (Oct.23) of cardiac arrest, according to a statement released on Twitter by his family and management. He was 57.
The statement said: “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 he has left is with.”
Born in Cheshire, England, to a German mother and a British father, Burns turned to pop music at a young age, starting his first band while working at Liverpool store Probe Records before founding Dead or Alive.
The band rose to mainstream success in 1985 with the release of their hit single “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record).” The song was later covered by Jessica Simpson in 2006 and interpolated by Flo Rida and Kesha on their 2009 collaboration “Right Round.”
Burns is famous also because he underwent numerous rounds of plastic surgery to enhance his androgynous look including a failed lip surgery in 2006 that led to litigation.
The singer, considered by many an androgynous and gender-bending entertainer, most recently returned to the spotlight in 2006 when he appeared on the U.K.’s Celebrity Big Brother, where he finished in fifth place.
Burns was married to Lynne Corlett from 1980 to 2006. Soon after his divorce, he married Michael Simpson.