Reality star David Gest dies, aged 62
Reality star David Gest has passed away in a London hotel, it has been confirmed.
Mr Gest, 62, was found dead in a hotel room in Canary Wharf today.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus 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.”
The star rose to fame through his marriage to Liza Minnelli and his friendship with Michael Jackson – and had appeared on shows including I’m A Celebrity and Celebrity Big Brother.
Gest’s friend Imad Handi also confirmed the news.
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Mr 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.”
Police are not treating the death as suspicious.