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Visage frontman Steve Strange passes away aged 55

The 80s pop icon and Blitz club legend has died following a heart attack

Steve Strange, legendary Blitz club kid and the frontman of 80s band Visage, has passed away aged 55. His record label confirmed that he had died of a heart attack. 

His record label said in a statement: "We are extremely saddened to announce that Steve Strange died at 11.15 local time on Thursday, February 12 in Sharm el-Sheikh 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."

Strange was best known for his work with New Romantic band Visage. Their biggest hit was the 1980 single "Fade to Grey". But Strange was also style pioneer in his own right. He was at the vanguard of London club culture in the 70s and 80s, beginning with the Blitz. The Soho night helped launch the careers of countless British musicians, including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Boy George.

With his outrageous dress sense and out-there DIY costumes, Strange embodied the spirit of the New Romantic scene. As the doorman at Blitz, he was infamous for his ultra-discerning eye; he reportedly allowed David Bowie in, but not Mick Jagger. 

As news of his passing spread, former New Romantics lined up to pay tribute to the quintessential London club kid: 

Strange's agent, Pete Bassett, said that the singer would be remembered as a "hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends".

He added: "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."

If you're out tonight, pour one out for one of the leading faces of British club culture.