The Dead or Alive lead singer passed away at the age of 57, due to a fatal heart attack.
Burns’ manager confirmed the news on the artists official Twitter account saying:
“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. 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 that he has left us [sic] with,” he wrote.
“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.”
Boy George, the most famous of the ’80s gender-blurring pop stars, led the tributes and appreciation, of Burns on Twitter:
Virgin radio host Jamie East tweeted: “A true pop icon and a really, really fun fella to work and hang out with. Sleep well, buddy.”
Pop critic Simon Price wrote: “He was one of the last great ’80s freaks to make it big before pop got boring again. RIP.”
Burns had a smash hit with You Spin Me Round in 1985 and enjoyed another rise to fame after appearing on the reality TV show Celebrity Big Brother in 2006.
Earlier this year Burns admitted he has endured more 300 procedures to fix botched surgery on his face, which left him depressed and fighting for his life.
His death comes just days before his band’s compilation album Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI was due to be released on October 28.