David Gest Dead at 62
His friend Imad Handi has confirmed the sad news, saying, “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 statement released by officials from the Metropolitan Police reads: “Police were called at 10:17hrs 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 was a close childhood friend of Michael Jackson’s and produced the TV special Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years in 2001, marking the last onstage reunion of the King of Pop and his brothers from the Jackson 5. He wed entertainer Liza Minnelli in 2002, but they divorced in 2007. In his latter years, he became known as a TV personality in the U.K., with stints on British reality shows I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here! and Celebrity Big Brother, which he featured on in January. He had to quit the show on medical grounds after just 13 days.