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David Gest has passed away aged 62. The American actor and former Celebrity Big Brother star was fo...

David Gest passes away aged 62

By 12:12:00

David Gest has passed away aged 62. The American actor and former Celebrity Big Brother star was found late Tuesday morning at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.

A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: "Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April 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."

David's close friend Imad Handi also released a statement. He 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."

Imad added: "If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately."

David grew up in southern California, and counted Michael Jackson as one of his childhood best friends. He rose to prominence in the UK in 2006, after appearing on ITV's I'm a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here.

He was married to US singer Liza Minnelli from March 2002 to June 2003.

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