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Singer Pete Burns Dies of Heart Attack at 57

Hit Factory Live: Christmas Cracker
C Brandon—Redferns via Getty Images Pete Burns of Dead or Alive performs on stage at Hit Factory Live: Christmas Cracker at 02 Arena on December 21, 2012 in London, England.

He was best known for his 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)"

British singer Pete Burns has died of a heart attack, his management team confirmed Monday afternoon. He was 57.

“It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that out beloved Pete Burns of (Dead or Alive), died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest,” they said in a statement. “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 he will be missed by all who loved and appreciated everything he was and all of the wonderful memories the has left is with.”

He was perhaps most famous for the 1985 hit “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record),” which hit No. 1 in the U.S. and around the globe.

The team said they will release more information after they’ve “had a chance to come to terms with our devastating loss.”

Burns rose to fame in the 1980s with pop band Dead or Alive and appeared onCelebrity Big Brother 4 in 2006.

The entertainer appeared on Celebrity Botched Up Bodies last month for a show on his numerous plastic surgeries, in which he admitted he’s had “probably 300” operations over the years to fix botched procedures.

The first surgery, to fix a broken nose that was crooked to one side, came 20 years ago when “You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)” skyrocketed his fame.

“I realized I was going to be a visual entity and that I had to look good,” he said in the episode.

Despite the complications that have risen, Burns had no plans to stop going under the knife.

“I hope when I’m 80 and I get to heaven God doesn’t recognize me,” he said.

This article originally appeared on People.com

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