The entertainment world was rocked by news that famed producer David Gest had passed away at 62.
Gest was famous in both the music and television world for his work with Michael Jackson and for being a reality TV star.
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Gest, who is a former husband of singer Liza Minnelli, died at the Four Seasons hotel in Canary Wharf.
His friend and ex-bodyguard Imad Handi confirmed the news in a statement.
American Gest was best known in the UK for his appearances on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother.
One of the biggest successes during his career was producing the highest-rated special in US music history – 2001’s Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration.
He was perhaps best known for his marriage to Minnelli. They were married in 2002 and officially divorced in 2007. He was also a childhood friend of Jackson and his brother Tito.
Gest’s name-dropping anecdotes and raucous tales of showbiz friendships during his appearances on reality TV shows won him legions of fans in the UK.
He finished fourth in ITV’s I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here in 2006, and later became a judge on talent show Grease Is The Word.
In this day, 62 is still pretty young. I’m sure as a wanna-be celebrity, Gest partied hard and that no doubt led to his early demise.
I hope he was fulfilled in his life, because it seems to me that so many that live the “famous for being famous” lifestyle sorely lack in personal happiness.
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