Dead Or Alive Singer Pete Burns Dies, Aged 57

24 October 2016, 19:53 | Updated: 24 October 2016, 21:21

Pete Burns

The 80s icon and TV personality died suddenly of a cardiac arrest on Sunday.

Pete Burns has died at the age of 57.

According to an official statement, the Dead Or Alive singer passed away on Sunday 23 October, after suffering a "massive cardiac arrest".

The news, which was posted on his official Twitter page reads: “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 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. Sending you all our love. Lynne, Michael, Steve X”.

See their full tweet below:

Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with Dead Or Alive, who were best known for their hit, You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).

He later reinvented himself as a TV personality and reality star, most notably appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.

Burns was known in his later years for his constantly changing image, his sharp tongue and his love of tattoos and plastic surgery.

The celebrity world has already paid tribute to the icon, with 80s star Marilyn leading the tributes, writing: "

Absolute shock at the news of Pete Burns death...only just saw him...my sincerest wishes to his family, friends, and fans..."

Fellow musician Boy George also tweeted that he was "tearful" about the news, calling Burns one of "our great true eccentrics".

TV presenter Davina McColl shared her sadness at the tragic news, telling her Twitter followers, recalling how they "partied hard in the 80s".