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Peter Jozzeppi "Pete" Burns (5 August 1959 – 23 October 2016) was an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the pop band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)". He later rose to further celebrity status in the British media following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother 4, in which he finished in fifth place. He appeared on further television reality shows, including as a presenter.
Burns was born in Bebington, Cheshire on 5 August 1959. His mother, Evelina Maria Bettina Quittner Von Hudec (1913–1987), was born in Heidelberg, Germany. As her father was Jewish, she moved to Vienna to escape the anti-Semitic laws of the Nazis. It was in Vienna that she met Burns's father, Francis Burns (who is from Liverpool), then a British soldier, at a soldiers' tea dance.
Burns wrote of his childhood in his autobiography Freak Unique. He described his mother's alcoholism and her suicide attempts, but maintained that she was "absolutely the best mother in the world".
I lived, I know now, a very solitary childhood. I had nothing to compare it with, so it seemed fine to me. I rarely left the house. I didn't need to; I had a secret world I shared with my mother. In those early years, I couldn't possibly have wished for a better friend. [...] She gave me the power to dream, the power to remove myself from where I might not be having any fun, and go inside my head and be somewhere else.
According to an interview, Burns dropped out of school at the age of 14 after being summoned to the headmaster's office because he had arrived at school with "no eyebrows, Harmony-red hair and one gigantic earring".
Burns married Lynne Corlett in Liverpool in 1980. They separated in 2006. He married Michael Simpson shortly afterwards.
On the topic of his sexuality, Burns stated that "[People] always want to know – am I gay, bi, trans or what? I say, forget all that. There's got to be a completely different terminology and I'm not aware if it's been invented yet. I'm just Pete."
Burns was known for his ever-changing, often androgynous appearance, which he freely admitted was greatly modified by cosmetic surgery. Burns had extensive polyacrylamide injections into his lips, cheek implants, several rhinoplasties and many tattoos. Burns at one time accused fellow pop star Boy George of appropriating his unique image.
In early 2006, Burns revealed in an interview that he had spent most of his life savings on eighteen months of reconstructive surgery after a cosmetic procedure on his lips went wrong. In January 2007 Burns announced that he was planning to sue the cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Maurizio Viel, who performed his faulty lip surgery, for £1 million.
In March 2009, Burns was admitted to a London hospital after collapsing from a kidney ailment. He was diagnosed with seven large kidney stones, which were removed with laser surgery.
Paparazzi followed Burns around after his arrest for assault in 2006 (the charges for which were later dropped) and his attempts to revive his career premiered in the documentary Pete Burns Unspun on Living TV.
Burns was declared bankrupt in December 2014. In April 2015 he was evicted from a rented flat for non-payment of over £34,000 in rent.
Burns died following a sudden cardiac arrest on 23 October 2016 at the age of 57. People who paid tribute to Burns after his death included Boy George, who described Burns as "one of our great true eccentrics", and George Galloway, who had appeared with him on Celebrity Big Brother, who said Burns was "a cross between Oscar Wilde and Dorothy Parker. You don’t get more brilliant than that."
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Peter Jozzeppi Burns
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Peter Jozzeppi "Pete" Burns (born 5 August 1959) is an English singer-songwriter and television personality. He founded the band Dead or Alive in 1980, in which he was vocalist and songwriter, and which rose to mainstream success with their 1985 single "You Spin Me Round". He later rose to further celebrity status in the British media following his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother 2006, in which he finished in fifth place. He has since appeared on more television reality shows, including some presenting work.
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Plastic/cosmetic surgery, Androgynous appearance
Brown - Dark
Francis Burns (soldier)
Morrissey (former room mate) (singer)
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Pop, Dance, New Wave, Hi-NRG
Dead or Alive, The Mystery Girls, Nightmares in Wax
Epic, Sony Japan, Cleopatra, Avex
Cause of Death
Cardiac Arrest (due to complications from multiple cosmetic surgeries)
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