Boy George, Billy Idol pay tribute to 80's music icon Steve Strange

Tributes have begun pouring in for 1980's pop icon Steve Strange who has died suddenly of a heart attack in Egypt, aged only 55.

The Welsh singer found fame as the lead singer of Visage and is widely regarded as a pioneer in New Romanticism - a musical movement in the UK that produced other hit bands such as Duran Duran and Boy George.

His record company, August Day Recording, has revealed that he died of heart failure in his sleep at Sharm el-Sheikh International Hospital.

"Steve's family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death."

Boy George tweeted that he was "heartbroken" about Strange's death - a man that had been a "huge part" of the Karma Chameleon singer's life.

Heartbroken about the death of my friend Steve Strange. So bloody sad. Such a big part of my life!

— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) February 12, 2015

Duran Duran lead singer Simon Le Bon also tweeted about his grief at his passing.

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.

— Simon Le Bon (@SimonJCLeBON) February 12, 2015

Other artists to pay tribute include Billy Idol and his former bandmates Midge Ure and Rusty Egan.

Strange's agent, Pete Bassett, told the BBC that his death was a "great shock" and that he will be remembered as "a hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends".

The 1980 pop group's most popular song became a huge hit around the world.


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