Dead or Alive Frontman Pete Burns Passes Away At Age 57

Burns topped the charts with "You Spin Me Round" and "Brand New Lover."

Pete Burns, lead singer of the 80s New Wave band Dead or Alive, has passed away at the age of 57 from a massive heart attack. His manager broke the news on Burns’ Twitter page today.

His band topped the pop charts in the U.S with the 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like A Record).”
 

 
And struck gold again in 1987 with 1987’s “Brand New Lover.”
 

 
In later years he became known for blurring gender lines and undergoing extreme plastic surgery.

In 2006, he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK, finishing in fifth place.

Of his sexuality, Burns said “[People] always want to know: Am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There’s got to be a completely different terminology and I’m not aware if it’s been invented yet. I’m just Pete.”

Pete Burns attends Vivienne Westwood Fashion Show held at The Royal Courts of Justice on February 20, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Sylvia Linares/FilmMagic)
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He recounted his experiences under the knife with ABC News in 2010.
 

 

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