Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns has died aged 57, his management announced on Monday.
“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 (on Monday) of a massive cardiac arrest,” his management said in a statement.
“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 us with,” the note added.
Fellow musician Boy George led the tributes on social media, writing on Twitter:
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!— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) October 24, 2016
Dead Or Alive’s greatest success came in the 1980s with their hit “You Spin Me Round”, which spent two weeks at the top of the UK charts.
The floor-filler reappeared in 2006, reaching the number five spot in the charts after Burns appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
The transvestite singer said at the time he was “clinically depressed” at the prospect of the track being re-released.
The surgically-enhanced Burns caused controversy during the reality TV programme, in which he came fifth, by wearing a colobus monkey-fur coat which was seized by police as importing the fur is illegal in Britain.