1980s Pop Pioneer Steve Strange Has Died

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Steve Strange, the former lead singer of popular 80s band Visage, best known for their breakout single Fade to Grey, died of a heart attack in Egypt on Thursday.

Strange, 55, was in a hospital in Sharm-el-Sheikh, the BBC reported.

Born Steve Harrington, Strange co-founded the Blitz Club in London’s trendy Soho district, a venue that pioneered the New Romantic movement and gave several top U.K. acts of the 1980s — including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George’s Culture Club — a stepping stone on their way to global stardom.

Members of all three bands expressed their condolences on social media.

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