2016 Claims Two More Rock And Roll Icons
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It’s been a long year for rock and roll fans around the world as we’ve said goodbye to entirely too many of our idols, and today, we’re sad to report that we’ve lost two more with the deaths of Dead Or Alive frontman Pete Burns and 60s idol Bobby Vee.
Burns, famous for both his widely publicized plastic surgeries and for Dead Or Alive’s 1985 smash hit “You Spin Me Right Round,” died yesterday of “massive cardiac arrest” at the age of 57; the news broke this afternoon after a Twitter update posted on behalf of Burns’ loved ones confirmed the news, with tributes from Culture Club’s Boy George and Soft Cell’s Marc Almond pouring in almost immediately.
Another blow was dealt as news broke shortly thereafter that 60s rock and pop icon Bobby Vee, who rose to fame with hit songs like “Take Good Care Of My Baby” and “The Night Has A Thousand Eyes” passed away early this morning at the age of 73. Vee, born Robert Velline on April 30, 1943, had been battling early onset Alzheimer’s disease since 2011 and spent the last year of his life in hospice care before ultimately succumbing to complications from early onset Alzeheimer’s.
Two legends that have kept us singing and dancing for decades, just…gone. Our hearts are with the families, friends, and loved ones of both Pete Burns and Bobby Vee as they navigate this difficult time, and we thank them for sharing their loved ones with us and letting us love them just as much.