London’s Met Police have confirmed that Celebrity Big Brother star David Gest has been found dead in a 5* London hotel room.
The 62-year-old reality TV star and music producer died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf this morning, Tuesday 12 April 2016.
The American, who was from Los Angeles, also appeared on the 2006 series of the British reality television show I’m a Celebrity…Get Me Out Of Here!, and was the first American to have three prime-time series in the UK.
A statement from the Metropolitan Police read: “Police were called at 10:17hrs on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus, E14, 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”.
Gest was the former husband of Liza Minnelli, and was also known for being a close friend of the late ‘King of Pop’, Michael Jackson who passed away in 2009.
The star was married to Minnelli from 2002 to 2003, but only officially divorced in 2007.
One of his friends Imad 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.
“If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately”.