Michael Jackson’s friend David Gest has died in a London hotel aged 62.
Gest is well known for his long-term friendship with Michael Jackson, that dated back to their childhoods. Later in life he became known to Michael’s fans when he produced the ‘Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration’ in 2001, which was performed in New York’s Madison Square Garden. Michael was also best man at Gest’s wedding to Liza Minnelli in 2002.
In 2011 Gest produced the documentary ‘Michael Jackson: The Life Of An Icon,’ which premiered in London’s Leicester Square and was later released on DVD.
He became well-known in the UK after appearing on ITV’s ‘I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here,’ finishing in sixth place and later became a judge on the talent show ‘Grease Is The Word’ and appearing in ‘Celebrity Big Brother.’
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “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.”
Police have said there appear to be no suspicious circumstances.