Pete Burns Dead: 'You Spin Me Round' Singer Dies, Aged 57

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Pete Burns, the lead singer of '80s new wave band Dead or Alive, died on Sunday of cardiac arrest at the age of 57.

"All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star", the message read.

"He was a true visionary, a attractive talented soul and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was", his manager, Mr Steve Coy, and his family said in a joint statement.

He also famously appeared on 'Celebrity Big Brother' in 2006, in which he ultimately finished in fifth place.

The transvestite singer said at the time he was "clinically depressed" at the prospect of the track being re-released.

"We have no more words, we will make a further statement when we have had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss".

Fellow eighties icon Boy George was among those to express sadness at Pete's death, 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. Sending you all our love. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. According to the Mirror, Pete Waterman, who remained close to Burns throughout his career with regular phone calls, said, "If you're going to be cynical there's one man who would have wanted to die young - and that was Pete Burns". You don't get more brilliant than that.

Burns was born in Bebington, Cheshire, England on August 5, 1959 to a German mother and a British father.

"You Spin Me Round" was covered by rapper Flo Rida and singer Kesha in 2011's "Right Round", which topped the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 chart.

Burns was married to Lynne Corlett for more than 25 years until they divorced in 2006. Michael Simpson has been his partner since 2007.