Pete Burns, Dead or Alive Founder, Dies at 57

Singer due to “massive cardiac arrest,” according to his official Twitter

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Dead or Alive founder and lead singer Pete Burns died Sunday at the age of 57.

The singer died following a massive cardiac arrest, according to his official Twitter.

“It is with great 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,” read the statement, released Monday and signed by his ex-wife Lynne Corlett, partner Michael Simpson and Dead or Alive manager Steve Coy.

Formed by Burns in the UK in 980, Dead or Alive found mainstream success in 1985 with its song “You Spin Me Right Round (Like a Record).”

The hit song has been covered by numerous artists, including Jessica Simpson, featured heavily in various movies and TV shows, and was sampled heavily by Flo Rida in his 2009 song “Right Round.”

The band’s popularity declined by the 1990s, but the group continued to record and released their last album, called “Fragile,” in 2000. Burns has also continued to perform solo under the Dead or Alive banner up until his death.

Burns also became a TV personality in his own right following an appearance on the UK version of “Celebrity Big Brother” in 2006.

Burns has also been outspoken about his plastic surgery and documented his life in his own reality special, “Pete Burns Unspun.”