Tributes to 'true visionary' Pete Burns who has died aged 57

Singer-songwriter Pete Burns has died suddenly of a "massive cardiac arrest" aged 57, a statement on his official Twitter account has announced.

The statement, signed by his manager Steve Coy and including his civil partner Michael Simpson and ex-wife Lynne Corlett, said he died on Sunday.

It added: "All of his friends and family 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 he has left us with.

"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."

Burns shot to fame as frontman for band Dead or Alive in the 1980s, best known for the 1985 hit 'You Spin Me Round'.

After appearing on Celebrity Big Brother in 2006, he went on to presenting the spin-off show Big Brother's Big Mouth.

In the same year, he revealed he had spent his life savings on cosmetic surgery predominantly extensive polyacrylamide injections into his lips and cheek implants.

Burns arriving at the Celebrity Big Brother house in 2006. Credit: PA

Burns last appeared on television last month on Channel 5's Celebrity Botched up Bodies.

He admitted he had over 300 operations to fix surgeries and nearly died in the process.

On the show, he said: "The number of surgeries I’ve has is probably 300. I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognise me."

Burns and his partner Michael Simpson. Credit: PA

Singer and DJ Boy George, paid tribute to his friend who once accused him of stealing his image.

He tweeted: "He was one of our great true eccentrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to believe!"

Fellow 1980s singer, Marilyn said he was shocked at the news as he had only recently seen him.

While singer of New Wave band ABC, called him "one of the greats".

Burns with George Galloway on Celebrity Big Brother. Credit: YouTube

Politician George Galloway, who memorably improvised a dance with Burns in the Big Brother house, paid tribute to the singer describing him as a "cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker."

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."

Burns in the 1980s. Credit: PA

Other celebrities including Davina McCall and Sinitta also paid tribute to the 1980s legend.