Stars pay tribute to 'true pop icon' Pete Burns

Pete Burns
Pete Burns

Celebrities have been paying tribute to Pete Burns after the former Dead Or Alive singer died at the age of 57.

Davina McCall, who hosted the 2006 Celebrity Big Brother series the star appeared in, was among those who tweeted their condolences.

She said: "So, so sad to hear about Pete Burns... we partied hard in the 90s... RIP Pete x."

Preston, the Ordinary Boys frontman who also appeared in the series, tweeted: "Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted."

Former Ultravox singer Midge Ure said: "We were with the same management back in the day. RIP."

Television presenter Jamie East said: "So desperately sad to hear about Pete Burns. A true pop icon and a really, really fun fella to work and hang out with. Sleep well buddy."

Comedian Limmy wrote: "Had the pleasure of meeting Pete Burns at a charity do once. He was incredibly down to earth, and VERY funny."

DJ Matthew Rudd said: "Pete Burns' death is tragic. A showman. Angry, engaging, opinionated, fiery singer, great stage presence, clearly vulnerable. RIP fella."

Singer Sinitta wrote: "Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years. You were a sensitive soul and will be missed x."

Tom Parker, from boyband The Wanted, tweeted: "The curse of 2016 strikes again! Pete Burns. A true eccentric. A master of it!"

Wayne Hussey, a former guitarist with Dead Or Alive, currently on tour as singer with The Mission, wrote on Facebook: "I'm sat in a dressing room in Bratislava and just received the devastating news that my ol' mucker Pete Burns (of Dead Or Alive) has sadly passed away. I can't believe it.

"Pete was and will remain quite possibly the most naturally talented person I have ever worked with. Always larger than life, which sometimes tended to obscure that fact, with the quickest and most wicked tongue, he was always huge fun to be around. I loved Pete and learnt so much from him.

"Today is indeed a very sad day for me. Pete will always live large, and very fondly, in my memory. RIP, dear friend."

Marc Almond, the Soft Cell musician, tweeted: "We've had some mad times with Pete but he was a one off creation, a fabulous, fantastic, brilliant creature and always sweet to me."

Rowetta, the Happy Mondays co-singer, said: "Loved Pete Burns. Brilliant, witty mind and what a stunning young man he was."

The Rev Richard Coles, the former Communards musician, wrote: "Oh, #PeteBurns has died! I used to hang out with him a bit and really liked him even when he was hi-maintenance as well as hi-NRG. RIP."