Music producer and Celebrity Big Brother star David best has been found dead at a London hotel.
David Gest has died at the age of 62.
A statement released this afternoon has confirmed the death of David Gest.
“It is with great sadness that I can confirm that David Gest has died today,” said close friend Imad Handi.
Mr Handi said: “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.”
Police have said there appears to be no suspicious circumstances over the stars death.
Metropolitan Police said: “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.”
David starred in Celebrity Big Brother 2015 but was forced to quit after falling ill.