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80s icon Steve Strange dies of a heart attack

Strange was brought up in Newbridge, South Wales Credit: PA

New Romantic pioneer Steve Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55, his record label said.

The Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for Visage whose best known hit was Fade To Grey.

Marc Green, label manager at August Day Recordings, said: "We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday February 12 in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, Egypt.

"Steve died in his sleep of heart failure. Steve's family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve's family request privacy at this extremely difficult time."

Strange also managed the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, a focal point for the New Romantic movement.

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