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Singer Steve Strange Dies At Age 55

Via BBC News:
Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says. The Welsh New Romantic icon - best known for the hit Fade To Grey - died in hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt. Record label boss Marc Green said his "family, band members and friends are all distraught at his untimely death". Born in Newbridge, Caerphilly county, Strange got involved in music after seeing the Sex Pistols in concert in 1976. He went to London aged 15 to work for Sex Pistols manager Malcolm McClaren before setting up the Blitz Club in Soho, central London, which would become a focal point for the New Romantic movement. Bands including Duran Duran, Spandau Ballet and Culture Club all got their start at the club before finding stardom. His band, Visage, formed in 1979 and released their breakthrough record, Fade To Grey, the following year, peaking at number eight in the UK Singles Chart. Strange finished recording a classical interpretation of the record last year.
I just wrote about Strange's latest project in November. You might recall that he was depicted in Boy George's 2002 Broadway musical, Taboo.

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