New Romantic Steve Strange has died

Posted Feb 14, 2015 by Tim Sandle
Lead singer of the New Romantic 1980s pop group Visage, Steve Strange has died, aged 55, from a heart attack. The group's international best selling single was "Fade To Grey."
Steve Strange at the Citadel Arts Centre  St Helens  Merseyside  in 2014
Steve Strange at the Citadel Arts Centre, St Helens, Merseyside, in 2014
Steve Strange was born Steven John Harrington on May 28, 1959. Strange was a Welsh pop singer and nightclub owner. He was best known as the lead singer and frontman of the 1980s pop group Visage.
Strange's first foray into music was with the punk rock band The Moors Murderers. The proto-super group included future Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde, future Psychedelic Furs drummer Vince Ely, future Clash drummer Topper Headon and the Mark Ryan, who was in Adam and The Ants. A little while after, Strange featured in David Bowie's international hit song "Ashes to Ashes."
After a couple more bands, Strange formed the group Visage with Rusty Egan and Midge Ure (Ure later worked with Bob Geldoff on the Live Aid project.) A
The band's second single, "Fade to Grey", was a a top 10 hit in the UK and several other European countries, reaching number one in Germany and Switzerland.
Visage broke up in 1985. Strange formed various other bands, and even relaunched Visage, but without major chart success. He worked a number of nightclubs and was associated with the Ibiza music scene.
According to his autobiography "Blitzed!", Strange was, for a time, a heroin addict. He was also bisexual, and, in 1999, had been arrested for shoplifting, something he put down having lost most of his money through different poor investment choices.
Strange passed away on February 12, 2015. Strange suffered a heart attack while in Sharm el-Sheikh, Egypt.n That evening another New Romantic pop group - Spandau Ballet - dedicated their performance at the Sanremo Music Festival later that night to Strange.
Strange's death has provoked an out pouring of grief from many of the starts of the ear. Boy George tweeted he was "heartbroken" about the death of Strange, saying he was "such a big part of my life". Duran Duran's Simon Le Bon tweeted that Strange was "the leading edge of New Romantic. God Bless him"; and Billy Idol tweeted: "Very sad to hear of my friend Steve Strange passing, RIP mate."