David Gest, Famed Producer & Liza Minnelli’s Ex-Husband, Dies At 62
David Gest, the producer and occasional reality TV star, was found dead Tuesday. He was 62.
David Gest Dead
Gest was found dead in the Four Seasons Hotel at the Canary Wharf in London Tuesday morning, reported TMZ. “Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday to the Four Seasons Hotel, to reports of an unexplained death of a man in his 60s. London ambulance service were called to the scene,” London cops told the outlet.
Gest’s death was also confirmed by his friend and former bodyguard Imad Handi.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today,” Handi’s statement read, according to the BBC. “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.”
Gest was a producer who was behind his close friend Michael Jackson’s 30th Anniversary Celebration in 2001. He had appeared on ITV’s I’m a Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, judged talent show Grease Is The Word, and just this year competed on Celebrity Big Brother in the UK before dropping out due to health reasons.
Gest had married famed actress and singer Liza Minnelli in 2002. The two separated the following year, but did not divorce until 2007.
Police have stated that Gest’s death is not being considered suspicious. An autopsy has been scheduled to determine the exact cause of death.