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Sunday 17 December 2017

'He was completely bonkers' - tributes as Steve Strange dies

File photo dated 14/12/01 of Steve Strange (left) and Boy George as as the New Romantic pioneer Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55
File photo dated 14/12/01 of Steve Strange (left) and Boy George as as the New Romantic pioneer Strange has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55
File photo dated 08/09/1982 of Steve Strange as the New Romantic pioneer has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55, his record label said
File photo dated 26/03/02 of Steve Strange as the New Romantic pioneer has died of a heart attack in Egypt at the age of 55, his record label said

Tributes have poured in for New Romantic "leading edge" Steve Strange after he died of a heart attack on holiday in Egypt.

The 55-year-old Welsh pop singer found fame in the early 1980s as frontman for Visage, whose best known hit was Fade To Grey.

He was also the impresario behind the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, a focal point for the New Romantic movement.

Strange died in his sleep at 11.15am local time yesterday in Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital, Egypt, his record label said.

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After the sad news broke, stars paid tribute to a man described as "funny, great company and completely bonkers in the most adorable way".

In a statement, his former bandmates Midge Ure and Rusty Egan said: "As co-founders of 80s electronic pop group Visage, Midge Ure and Rusty Egan are devastated to hear of the untimely passing of Steve.

"Steve was a major face of the 80s and he'll be sadly missed. Midge and Rusty send their condolences to his family and friends."

Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeted: "I'm very sad to announce that our friend Steve Strange has died in Egypt today. He was the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him."

Billy Idol wrote: "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate."

Spandau Ballet guitarist Gary Kemp dedicated a performance in Italy to the "marverick".

"Spandau in tears tonight. We dedicated our performance to Steve Strange. Without him we would never have been here. A maverick to the end," he said.

His brother, and the band's bassist, Martin Kemp tweeted: "RIP Steve Strange goodbye my dear friend. I will miss you!"

Former glamour model Samantha Fox tweeted: "So sorry to hear that my friend Steve Strange - Visage has passed away peacefully in his sleep of a heart attack, so missed love Sam XX."

In a statement released to the press, pop singer Kim Wilde reminisced about befriending Strange at the beginning of her career following a date in Mayfair in 1981.

"I'm so grateful that life brought Steve and I together, he was funny, great company and completely bonkers in the most adorable way," Wilde said.

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