News broadcasts all around the world announced the sudden death of one of our most beloved pop stars this last Sunday—Dead or Alive’s frontman, Pete Burns.
According to a statement posted on Burns’ official Twitter account by his management team, the singer died of “massive cardiac arrest.”
A part of the statement 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 he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all the wonderful memories he has left us with…”
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At just 20 years old, England native Pete Burns had founded the musical group the Nightmares in Wax in Liverpool, 1979, which then became renamed Dead or Alive just one year later.
“You spin me right round, baby, right round...”
In 1985, the band released one of their biggest hits to date, “You Spin Me Round”, which was HUGE in the nightlife scene. The hit had clubgoers and party animals of the 80’s and early 90’s “spinning right round” all night long!
In 2003, Burns appeared on the BBC’s pre-9pm Watershed Liquid News, where he swore repeatedly on live television when asked his views on the Michael Jackson trial. The BBC had to apologize to its viewers for Burns’ potty mouth (LOL).
In 2006, Burns appeared as a contestant on the UK show “Celebrity Big Brother” where he finished in 5th place.
Burns continued rising his British celebrity status, appearing on more reality shows and even as a presenter in some. He also wrote an autobiography called Freak Unique, where he talked about his childhood and growing up with his mother who suffered from alcoholism.
Although Burns spoke of the devastations his mother’s alcoholism (and suicide attempts that sprouted from her alcoholism) while he was growing up, he also mentions that all things set aside, his mother was “absolutely the best mother in the world.”
In 2010, Burns went solo with his music career, his single “Never Marry an Icon” released on iTunes by Bristar Records and was produced and co-written by the Dirty Disco.
Burns was highly known for his extraordinary musical talent, his androgynous appearance—and his penchant for plastic surgery.
Burns shocked the world with his unrecognizable appearance in 2016 when he appeared on the reality TV spin-off show, “Celebrity Big Brothers Bit on the Side” where people later blasted the singer’s extreme transformation via Twitter.
But, Burns being the carefree spirit that he was, he neverminded the comments made about his appearance. Instead, he talked about his love for plastic surgery, proudly admitting that he made music in the 90’s just so that he could fund his physical transformation.
In one interview, Burns stated:
“I can honestly say since 1976 I have lived solely off music and TV, and I`ve had a very nice life—a lot nicer than some of my peers who`ve gone broke. I`ve had a very nice life. Very.”