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Steve Strange dies

By | Published on Friday 13 February 2015

Steve Strange

Visage frontman Steve Strange has died after suffering a heart attack in Egypt, it has been confirmed. He was 55.

A statement from his record label, August Day Recordings, reads: “We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday 12 Feb 2015 in Sharm El Sheik International Hospital, Egypt. Steve died in his sleep, of heart failure. Steve’s family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death. Steve’s family request privacy at this extremely difficult time”.

As well as being a popstar in his own right, Strange was at the forefront of the New Romantic scene in the late 70s and early 80s through his Blitz clubnights in Soho. The club was attended by many musicians who went on to be successful, many of whom paid tribute following the announcement of Strange’s death.

Boy George wrote: “Heartbroken about the death of my friend Steve Strange. So bloody sad. Such a big part of my life!”

Duran Duran’s Simon Le Bon said: “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”.

And Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet, who were preparing to perform at a festival in Italy as the news broke, added: “Spandau in tears tonight. We dedicated our performance to Steve Strange. Without him we would never have been here. A maverick to the end”.

Visage’s best known song was ‘Fade To Grey’, which went to number eight in the UK singles chart in 1980: