Singer Pete Burns of ’80s band Dead or Alive dies at 57

Pete Burns of 1980s pop band Dead or Alive, best known for its worldwide hit You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), has died of a heart attack at the age of 57.

The British singer-songwriter’s management team confirmed Monday that Burns died of “a massive cardiac arrest” a day earlier.

“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,” the statement read.

Born in Bebington, a small English town south of Liverpool, Burns rose to fame in the 1980s as part of a wave of pop artists who favoured a glam, androgynous look. Dead or Alive, which he founded, was perhaps most famous for the 1984 single You Spin Me Round (Like a Record), a track that topped the charts around the world.


More recently, he appeared on reality TV shows, including competition series Celebrity Big Brother in 2006 and on the show Celebrity Botched Up Bodies in September, during which he discussed the numerous plastic surgery procedures he had undergone. 

He was set to promote a box set of Dead or Alive’s back catalog release later this week.

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