Singer and reality TV star Pete Burns dead aged 57

Pete Burns
Pete Burns

Pop singer and reality TV star Pete Burns, also famous for his extensive plastic surgery, has passed away aged 57.

The news was confirmed via a tweet on his official account.

Burns shot to fame in the 1980s with the band Dead or Alive and they had a huge hit with 'You Spin Me Round' in 1985.

In more recent times Burns was a regular on a host of reality TV shows, most famously in the 2006 edition of Celebrity Big Brother.

Burns continued to pop up in all sorts of TV shows over the last decade, most recently on a show about plastic surgery in which he claimed he may have had almost 300 operations.

George Galloway, who shared the Celebrity Big Brother House with Burns in 2006, said he was "brilliant".

He tweeted: "Sad to hear of the demise of Pete Burns. He was a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don't get more brilliant than that. RIP."

Boy George said: "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!"

Eighties pop star Marilyn said he was shocked as he saw the singer recently.

"Absolute shock at the news of Pete Burns death...only just saw sincerest wishes to his family, friends, and fans," he wrote on Twitter.