Liza Minnelli’s ex-husband and reality TV star David Gest is found dead at the Four Seasons hotel in London aged 62
Reality TV star David Gest, the former husband of Liza Minnelli, has been found dead in a London hotel aged 62.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star was married to Minnelli from 2002-2003, but they only officially divorced in 2007. He was also known for being a close friend of the late Michael Jackson.
The TV personality gained a following in the United Kingdom recently when he appeared on Celebrity Big Brother.
David Gest – the reality TV star who is best known as the ex-husband of Liza Minnelli – has been found dead at a London hotel today
Friend 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.
‘I know he will be missed by millions of fans around the world, and particularly in Britain, who came to love his charm and blistering one-liners.
‘If I may steal the words of one eminent critic, David was a natural star and a genuine celebrity. I will miss him desperately.’
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: ‘Police were called at 10.17 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 is best known as a childhood friend of Michael Jackson who went on to marry to Liza Minnelli.
He became know to British TV viewers when he appeared in the 2006 series of I’m a Celebrity … Get Me out of Here! and came in fouth place
He then starred in Celebrity Big Brother house in January this year, but left on medical grounds less than two weeks into the series.
Gest was found dead at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf this morning
Source: Daily Mail