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.”
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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.
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.