Pete Burns Lead Singer Of Dead Or Alive Has Died At 57
Tue, 25 Oct 2016 10:02:01
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Pete Burns, the lead singer of Eighties goth new wave band Dead or Alive, died on Sunday after suffering a cardiac arrest. News of the singer's passing was announced by his management on Monday. Burns was 57.
Via Burns' Facebook page his manager Steve Coy released a statement: "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," the message read. "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."
Joining a number of artists an industry peers Boy George, tweeted of the Dead or Alive singer, "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!"
Burns, known for his androgynous lifestyle began cross-dressing at a very young age, first appeared on the music scene in the late seventies as a member of Nightmares in Wax, a goth band that released it's only EP Birth of a Nation and single "Black Leather" before a name change, in which the band became Dead or Alive - the outfit which gave Burns a number of singles, "The Stranger" and a cover version of Kid Creole and the Sunshine Band's "That's the Way (I Like It)". The band's debut album was Sophisticated Boom Boom.
Addressing his unique appearance in an interview Burns said, "The trouble is that people are all too ready to jump to conclusions about anybody who they think looks a bit strange. They think you must be mentally subnormal… Over the years I've had to learn how to deal with people who refuse to take me seriously. That's where I learnt the blunt side of my character."
Burns' biggest hit, "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". Reached Number One on the U.K charts and peaked at Number 11 on the Billboard Hot 100. In 2006, the song returned to the British charts – at Number Five – following Burns' infamous appearance on Celebrity Big Brother.
Flo Rida and Kesha's take on the song, dubbed "Right Round", topped the Billboard 200 in 2009 and shattered then-digital sales records.
The singer also recorded notable Dead or Alive hits with "Brand New Lover" and "Something in the House."
Beyond the 80's Burns became more known for his reality TV appearances and ever evolving physical appearance. The artist undertook countless cosmetic surgeries over the past decades, with heavy physical consequences.
"People redecorate their homes every few years and I see this as no different. Changing my face is like buying a new sofa," Burns told the Daily Mail after another string of surgeries left him virtually unrecognizable.
As Dead or Alive's only constant member, Burns continued to tour under the group's moniker until his death.
—The ARTISTdirect Staff