US producer and reality TV star David Gest found dead in London

 12 Apr 2016 - 18:49

US producer and reality TV star David Gest found dead in London
U.S. singer Liza Minnelli and producer David Gest speak at a newsconference at the House of Blues in Beverly Hills, California, in this file photo taken July 25, 2002. Gest, ex-husband of Minnelli, was found dead in a London hotel on Tuesday at the age of 62, according to news reports. REUTERS/Robert Galbraith


LONDON: American music producer David Gest, the former husband of entertainer Liza Minnelli, died in London on Tuesday.

Gest, who was aged 62, was found in the Four Seasons hotel in the Canary Wharf business district of the city.

The producer, whose credits included a TV musical special about pop star Michael Jackson, married actress and singer Minnelli in 2002. They separated the following year.

Gest appeared in the 2006 series of British reality TV show “I’m a Celebrity ... Get Me Out of Here”, and his popularity with viewers led to other television work, including his own show called “This Is David Gest”.

He returned to reality television at the start of the year, entering the “Celebrity Big Brother” house in January but he left the house 13 days later on medical grounds.

London police said in a statement: “Police were called at 10:17 on Tuesday 12 April to the Four Seasons hotel, in Westferry Circus 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.”

(Reporting by Paul Sandle; editing by Stephen Addison)