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Steve Strange, Visage lead singer, dies aged 55

2015-02-12 23:41:23

Steve Strange

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

Strange, real name Steven Harrington, died in his sleep in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The Welsh New Romantic icon is best known for his Visage hit Fade To Grey.

Marc Green, August Day Recordings label manager, said his "family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death.

Strange, a New Romantic pioneer, was born in Newbridge, Caerphilly county, and got involved in music after seeing the Sex Pistols in concert in 1976.

He went to London aged 15 to work for Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McClaren before setting up the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New Romantic movement.

Bands including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club all got their start at the club before finding stardom.

Steve StrangeThe Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for the band Visage

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

His 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."

Source: bbc.co.uk

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