Big Brother UK Star David Gest dies at 62:
Reality TV star and former husband of Liza Minnelli, David Gest has been found lifeless in a London five-star hotel in an “inexplicable” setting.
The 62-year-old music producer’s body was discovered at the luxury Four Seasons hotel, in Canary Wharf, on Tuesday morning.
Around 10:15am, the Police and paramedics were called to the hotel, in Westferry Circus, but he couldn’t make it before they arrived as he was declared dead at their arrival.
According to Scotland Yard, the Uk based star was set for a musical tour in York tagged “David Gest is not Dead, But Alive with Soul” this summer.
The tour name emanated from an incident in the Celebrity Big Brother House when American reality star Tiffany Pollard mistakenly believed Gest had died rather than David Bowie but unfortunately he passed yesterday morning in an inexplicable circumstance and an autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of death.
It is supposed that Gest’s passing is not seen as wary to the detectives as they could not link any concrete evidence to the incidence.
Gest grew up with Jackson and his brothers in California, and was close friends with the family. He was a successful producer and in 2001 his television special on the 30th anniversary of the launch of Jackson’s solo career was the highest rated in history.
Gest who was a close friend to former Pop King, Michael Jackson got married to Minnelli March 2002 in a star-studded ceremony with Michael Jackson as best man and Elizabeth Taylor as maid of honour.
The union lasted for one year and was legally dissolved in 2007.
Before filing for divorce, Gest sued Minnelli for assault, claiming that she had beaten him so badly during alcoholic rages that she caused him nerve damage and caused him to be treated in hospital for five days.
Minnelli also sued Gest, claiming her estranged husband had stolen at least $2 million she earned while performing in shows he produced.
The pair concluded their argument in 2007 when their lawyers filed court papers saying they had settled their differences and agreed to get divorced without fault.
Gest comes out in an interview with Telegraph in 2009:
I wanted to be a performer. But the problem was, I didn’t just have limited talent, I had no talent. Promoting others was the next best thing.
On looking young:
I am someone who is trying to hang on to my youth. I hang out with youngsters but I just wish my body would keep up.
On his love for Britain:
I have applied for British citizenship. I don’t care if I ever go back to America again. My allegiance now is to the Queen. Really, it is.
On plastic surgery:
I think it went back to childhood. I was beaten all the time by my dad, who would tell me I was worthless and ugly. Michael [Jackson] looked fine with his first surgery so I thought I would turn into some male model. Did not work out.
On Liza Minelli:
Living with an alcoholic was a nightmare. We would have a wonderful day, then Liza would say she was going shopping. She would turn up an hour later utterly drunk. There were bitter rows, and the next day she wouldn’t remember one word of it.
On never having children:
It would have been a wonderful thing to have created a child to have someone to carry on my name. Another Gesty. eithout the plastic surgery. A cute kid..
RIP David Gest..