Pete Burns (born 5 August 1959, Port Sunlight, Wirral, England) is an English singer-songwriter and frontman of the dance/pop band Dead or Alive, best known for their number one single "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)" in 1985. After he claimed in the house that his coat was made of gorilla skin, police removed the coat from the house, without his knowledge or consent, for testing. Ownership of products made from gorilla is illegal in the United Kingdom without a licence. Tests found that the coat was in fact made of Colobus monkey, another endangered species. As a result the case was passed to the Crown Prosecution Service who determined that the pelts used to make the coat were imported before 1975, when it became illegal to import Colobus fur, and as such will not be pressing charges. This greatly upset animal rights campaigners. Burns was known for his 'acid tongue' and his verbal tirades against Jodie Marsh and Traci Bingham. He finished in fifth place on the finale, receiving 13.6% of the vote. He received a hostile reception on his exit. He has since appeared on more reality shows, and presented Big Brothers Big Mouth for a week in August 2007 during Big Brother 8. Pete appeared on Davina's final send off which aired on the last night of Ultimate Big Brother performing "You Spin Me Round (Like a Record)".
Pete passed away due to cardiac arrest on October 23, 2016. He was 57.