Reality TV star David Gest has died at the age 62.
The former Celebrity Big Brother star, who was married to Liza Minnelli from 2002-2003, passed away in a London hotel.
Friend Imad Handi said: "It is with great sadness that I can confirm 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 Scotland Yard spokesman said: "Police were called at 10.17 on Tuesday, April 12 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 due to tour the United Kingdom in a musical show called David Gest Is Not Dead, But Alive With Soul, starting in York on July 1.