Boy Ge­orge has re­port­edly of­fered to pay for Pete Burns’ funeral

Kuwait Times - - LIFESTYLE -

The Cul­ture Club singer kindly stepped in when he heard his pal - who trag­i­cally passed away last Sun­day (23.10.16) at the age of 57 af­ter suf­fer­ing a “mas­sive car­diac ar­rest” - had died “ab­so­lutely pen­ni­less” and his ex-wife Lynne Cor­lett and hus­band Michael Simp­son were con­sid­er­ing set­ting up a page to al­low fans to con­trib­ute to the costs of hav­ing him laid to rest. A source told The Sun on Sun­day news­pa­per: “It is very sad, but Pete died ab­so­lutely pen­ni­less and there is no money for a funeral. “At one point Lynne and Michael were dis­cussing with Pete’s friends set­ting up a crowd­fund­ing page to pay for it. “But peo­ple were not happy about that as they thought it would be undig­ni­fied for Pete. “Pete never re­ally got his life to­gether and was very dis­or­gan­ised which is why there was noth­ing left. “When Ge­orge got wind of this, he of­fered to pay for the whole thing straight away. “He told Lynne not to worry and said he would take care of it. “He thinks she and Michael have enough on their plates and wanted to take this con­cern away from them. “It is a very gen­er­ous ges­ture - and typ­i­cal of Ge­orge. “As soon as he heard there was a prob­lem he did not hes­i­tate to sort it out. “He was dev­as­tated by the news and Pete was a great friend of his. “And it is strangely fit­ting that one Eight­ies leg­end should help out an­other in this way.” A date and venue for the funeral have not yet been set, but it is likely to take place in London in the com­ing weeks, with a wake at the pri­vate Grou­cho Club in the city. Frankie Goes to Hol­ly­wood singer Holly John­son and fel­low 80s icon Mar­i­lyn are ex­pected to be among those at the ser­vice. The source added: “It will be a send-off with style and should be like a who’s who of the 1980s.” Ge­orge, 55, had hailed Pete a “great true ec­cen­tric” af­ter news broke of the singer’s death. He tweeted: ““Tear­ful about the pass­ing of @PeteBurn­sICON he was one of our great true ec­centrics and such a big part of my life! Wow. Hard to be­lieve! (sic)”

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