2016 has taken another one from us.
Pete Burns, founder and singer of UK pop group Dead or Alive, sadly died of cardiac arrest yesterday (Oct. 23) at the age of 57, it has been revealed.
"All of his family and friends are devastated by the loss of our special star," a statement posted to his social media reads. "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 he has left us with."
— Pete Burns (@PeteBurnsICON) October 24, 2016
Burns released seven albums with Dead or Alive, best known for their legendary hit "You Spin Me Round (Like A Record)", and revived his career with a memorable appearance on the UK's Celebrity Big Brother series in 2006.
The pop icon was a true trailblazer for all with his unconventional, androgynous style, that inspired young Madonna and many other artists in the 80s.
"He will live forever in our memories."
Rest in peace, Pete.