Earlier this year, some foolery of errors stuff happened on Celebrity Big Brother UK when New York had a stage 10 meltdown over thinking that David Gest, who was a houseguest on the show, died. David Bowie’s first wife Angie Bowie told New York that “David had died” and New York thought she was talking about David Gest. Well sadly, David Gest has really died. Nobody tell New York.
The Independent says that David Gest was found dead inside of the Four Seasons hotel in London today. He was only 62 years old. The Metropolitan Police issued a statement saying that at 10:17am, they got a call about an “unexplained death” at the Four Seasons. When the London Ambulance service showed up, they pronounced the man dead at the scene. Police don’t believe any foul play went down. An autopsy has been scheduled.
David Gest’s friend Imad Handi confirmed that David was the man who died at the Four Seasons:
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today. David was truly larger than life. He was not just a huge talent and a dear friend but a showbiz icon. I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners. If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately.”
Most of us know David Gest as Liza Minnelli’s fourth husband. They separated after less than a year of being married. Their divorce fight was a train wreck. David sued her for $10 million claiming that she regularly whooped his ass in a drunken rage. Liza countersued him for allegedly stealing money from her. The lawsuit was eventually settled out of court. David and Liza officially got divorced in 2007 after 5 years of marriage. That wedding gave us this perfect Addams Family meets high levels of glamour picture:
David was also one of Michael Jackson’s best friends forever. They were friends since childhood and David even dated the greatest Jackson of all-time La Toya. During the past ten years or so, David has been working in the UK. He was a judge on Grease Is The Word and was on the reality shows I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here! and of course, Celebrity Big Brother. David left CBB early because of medical reasons.
David was supposed to start a tour later this year called David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul.