Steve Strange : 80s Pop Icon : Dies at 55

10422575_10152595283595583_8597118103443750388_nSteve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says.

The Welsh New Romantic icon – best known for the hit Fade To Grey – died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

Record label boss Marc Green said his “family, band members and friends are all distraught at his untimely death”.

Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeted Strange, whose real name was Steven Harrington, was “the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him”.

Fellow 1980s pop star Billy Idol tweeted: “Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate.”

Steve Strange and Boy George in 2001 Strange, pictured with Boy George in 2001, was known as a New Romantic pioneer

Steve Strange and Boy George in 2001
Strange, pictured with Boy George in 2001, was known as a New Romantic pioneer

Strange’s agent, Pete Bassett, said he would be remembered as “a hard-working,
very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends”.

“Up until last year he was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement and it comes as a great shock.

“We understood that he had certain health problems but nothing we knew was life threatening.

“His friends and family are totally shocked, we had no idea anything like this was likely to happen.”

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[ BBC News  ]

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