In a statement released on #Twitter, Pete’s manager Steve Coy, wrote: "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.

"He was a true visionary, a beautiful talented soul, and he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was. 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. He will live forever in our memories."

Fans and twitter users responded to the announcement with tweets such as "Pete Burns, really 2016? What an absolute inspiration, an incredible human being" (@KatyGilroyBlog) and "RIP Pete Burns (57) one of the greatest tunes of the 80s #youspinmeround #deadoralive" (@DeanHoweMusic). 

A look back at his career 

Born in Cheshire, the eccentric pop-star rose to fame in the 80s when he founded pop band Dead or Alive, who were popular for hits such as "You Spin Me Right Round" and "That's the Way." 

He then appeared on #Celebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006, which was one of the reality TV programmes most controversial series, and included the likes of George Galloway and Chantelle Houghton.

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Pete later appeared on other reality TV programmes such as Celebrity Come Dine With Me, and continued to do some TV presenting. 

The singer more recently featured on Celebrity Botched Up Bodies, admitting that he has undergone an estimated 300 surgeries to change his look. Pete revealed on the Channel 5 reality show: "The number of surgeries I've had is probably 300. I hope when I'm 80 and get to heaven God doesn't recognise me."

Pete first went under the knife 20 years ago, and has since undergone a further four nose jobs, cheekbone implants, and had countless amounts of work done to his lips. Following a unsuccessful operation last year, Pete won £450,000 in damages from cosmetic surgeon Dr Maurizio Viel, claiming his dodgy lip implants left him "suicidal."