Pete Burns, founder of the ’80s outfit Dead or Alive, has died at age 57 after suffering cardiac arrest, according to his management. The British singer, famous for his hit records, “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” and, “That’s The Way (I Like It),” is more recently known for appearing on 2006’s Celebrity Big Brother and coming in fifth in the finale.
A Twitter statement released by his partner, Michael Simpson, ex-wife, Lynne Corlett, and his manager and former band member, Steve Coy, read: “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 will be missed by all those who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories he has left us with.”
— Pete Burns (@PeteBurnsICON) October 24, 2016
Let’s also remember that Flo Rida’s suburban high school smash, “Right Round,” featuring breakout vocals by a then unknown Kesha, would’ve never been possible without Pete Burns’ iconic melody and lyrics. Revisit the rapper’s single, below, and listen to Dead or Alive’s infectious original.