David Gest found dead in London hotel

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David Gest.

DAVID GEST, former husband of Liza Minnelli and reality TV star, has died in a London hotel. 

The 62-year-old star was currently touring his ironically named ‘Not Dead but Alive with Soul Tour’.

A glittering musical line up was planned for the forthcoming show, which was due to be co-hosted by Gest’s good friend and Coronation Street star Kym Marsh.  

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Former Celebrity Big Brother star Gest was married to Broadway star Minnelli from 2002 to 2003 but was officially divorced in 2007, and was also a close friend to Michael Jackson. 

The personality more recently gained popularity in the UK after appearing in the make or break Celebrity Big Brother show. 

Friend Imad Handi said: “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.”

A spokesman from Scotland yard said: “Police were called at 10.17 on Tuesday April 12 to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London Ambulance Service were called to the scene. Life was pronounced extinct at the hotel.

“A post-mortem will be held in due course. Next of kin are in the process of being informed.”

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