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Steve Strange, lead singer of 1980s pop band Visage, has died aged 55 following a heart attack, his record label says.

Strange, real name Steven Harrington, died in his sleep in a hospital in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.

The Welsh New Romantic icon is best known for his Visage hit Fade To Grey. 

Marc Green, August Day Recordings label manager, said his "family, band members and friends are all distraught at this sudden news of his untimely death.

Strange, a New Romantic pioneer, was born in Newbridge, Caerphilly county, and 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.

_80976639_025843686-1.jpgThe Welsh pop singer found fame in the 1980s as frontman for the band Visage
_80976710_025843690-2.jpgStrange, pictured with Boy George in 2001, was known as a New Romantic pioneer 

Tributes have been paid to the pop singer on Twitter, with Duran Duran frontman Simon Le Bon tweeting: "I'm very sad to announce that our friend Steve Strange has died in Egypt today. He was the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him."

Billy Idol wrote: "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate." 

His agent, Pete Bassett, said he would be remembered as "a hard-working, very amusing and lovable individual who always was at the forefront of fashion trends".

"Up until last year he was putting together a book of fashion styles based on the New Romantic movement and it comes as a great shock.

"We understood that he had certain health problems but nothing we knew was life threatening.

"His friends and family are totally shocked, we had no idea anything like this was likely to happen."

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More of a model than a popstar really, all about the image. Didn't write any music or lyrics

Visage were an odd collective of great people. 3/5ths of Magazine, Billy Currie from Ultravox, 80's Super producer Martin Rushent Midge Ure wrote Fade to grey and Lol Godley (of 10cc and 80's super video maker) did the video's

Not much mention of Rusty Egan and Steve Strange there, which is odd because they founded the band.

Its sad that he's gone but all he was was a peacock really, nice bloke by all accounts and he was kinda a fashion icon of his day but thats it really.

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