It’s with a heavy heart that we here have to report this story. The legendary front man of acclaimed group Dead or Alive, has been confirmed dead today by his manager. ‘Pete Burns has died unexpectedly of a heart attack’, his manager unfortunately has stated.
In a lengthy statement on Twitter, Burn’s manager Steve Coy exclaimed, ‘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’.
He then added, ‘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 and all of the wonderful memories the has left us with’.
The statement then continued on further saying, ‘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. Sending you all our love.’
Now I’ve been shocked and appaled by the immediate coverage by many news outlets on this story. Everyone has been poking fun and recollecting Pete’s career in a bad light, but here on String Buzz we want to remember him as Pete the singer, not Pete the celebrity. The Liverpudlian possessed great talent and is behind one of the decade defining 80’s hits. It takes real musical prowess to have an accolade like that. The guy’s unique voice and image inspired a generation; his lack of fear in the public eye was more than admirable. Although we can question decisions and poke holes, he will always be remembered in the music world. I wish all the best for his family and friends during this tough period. The world has yet again taken another icon this year, but with a wealth of music and culture left as a legacy, I’m sure the world won’t forget Pete Burns.
R.I.P – PETE BURNS (5 August 1959 – 23 October 2016)