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Wirral-born dancer who taught Bowie and Kate Bush dies

The Wirral-born dancer, choreographer and mime who taught David Bowie and Kate Bush their dance moves has died.

Lindsay Kemp, who was 80, died on Friday at his home in Livorno, Italy. The cause was heart and lung failure.

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A photo taken in 1974 after one of Kemp's mime performances Credit: PA

Singer Kate Bush described him as 'astonishingly inspirational'.

A statement written on her website said:

The world has lost a truly original and great artist of the stage. To call him a mime artist is like calling Mozart a pianist.

"He was very brave, very funny and above all, astonishingly inspirational. There was no-one quite like Lindsay.

"I was incredibly lucky to study with him, work with him and spend time with him. I loved him very much and will miss him dearly. Thank you, dear Lindsay."

– Kate Bush
Kate Bush said Kemp was 'astonishingly insporational' Credit: PA

Kate Bush asked to study under Kemp after seeing his performance 'Flowers'.

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David Bowie also asked to study under Kemp after seeing one of his shows.

Kemp went on to appear in his video for 'John, I'm only dancing.'

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Kemp was born in the Wirral, Merseyside, on May 3, 1938, but grew up in South Shields.