It’s official. “2016” is now the first definition for the word “WORST” in every dictionary. It has taken another one and this one hurts like a shank to the soul, and it took my eyes a long second to fully take in the words “Pete Burns has died suddenly.” But sadly for all of us, this planet is not a lot less interesting and glamorous, because Pete Burns died of a heart attack yesterday. Pete was only 57. Pete’s management released this statement about his death on Twitter:
Pete Burns became a sparkling star of rhinestone-encrusted perfection when his band Dead or Alive got a #1 worldwide hit You Spin Me Round in 1985. (Yes, we should all brace ourselves for the inevitable “Dead or Alive” jokes. Pete Burns isn’t even buried yet and I’m sure he’s already practicing on spinning round in his grave.) Dead or Alive released several albums up until 2000. In 2006, Pete Burns found a new career as a reality show darling when he entertained the masses on Celebrity Big Brother.
Every plastic surgeon’s office should pour a bag of fillers in Pete’s honor today. Because Pete was very open about how his face was stretched and rotated dozens of times by a plastic surgeon. Pete is the original Kylie Jenner (Pete’s ghost needs to slap me for mentioning her name), because he confessed that he plumped up his lips so many times that they were in danger of getting amputated. The Sun says that that last month, Pete Burns talked about his surgeries on the show Celebrity Botched Up Bodies and said this:
“The number of surgeries I’ve had is probably 300. I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognise me.”
Pete could have gotten 300 more surgeries and God would still recognize him since he will always be unmistakable.
Rest in peace, Pete Burns. Thank you for the glamour.