David Gest, Liza Minnelli Husband, Reality Show Star, Michael Jackson Producer, Passes At 62
April 12, 2016 at 12:52 PM (PT)
DAVID GEST, best-known for his short-lived marriage to LIZA MINNELLI as well as producing "MICHAEL JACKSON's 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION," in SEPTEMBER, 2001, for CBS, still the highest-rated musical special in U.S. TV history, passed away in a LONDON hotel at the age of 62. He had made his home in YORK in the U.K.
GEST had planned to hit the road again in the UK in JULY with his latest show, "DAVID GEST Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour!," which was to feature DINA CARROLL and FREDA PAYNE.
The show was named after the mix-up on the U.K.reality show, "Celebrity Big Brother," when a fellow housemate mistakenly thought GEST -- who was ill in bed -- had died, after hearing of DAVID BOWIE's death from his former wife ANGIE, who was also on the show..
GEST was a publicist for several record companies in the '70s, including LONDON RECORDS, where he helped organize the fabled ARDENT/STAX rock critics' convention in MEMPHIS in 1973 where BIG STAR played. As THE DOOBIE BROTHERS' PR rep, he's also given a nod for getting the band on two mid-'70s episodes of "What's Happening!" where they were bootlegged by Rerun.
He was also ANN PEEBLES' publicist at the celebrated TROUBADOUR show in HOLLYWOOD, where JOHN LENNON was thrown out for wearing a kotex on his forehead.
He also worked with CLIFF RICHARD on his album which featured ROBERTA FLACK and CANDI STATON. GEST became well-known in BRITAIN after appearing on "I'm A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here," in 2006. He later became a judge on the talent show, "Grease Is The Word."
GEST was a childhood friend of MICHAEL JACKSON and his brother TITO.
GEST was born on MAY 11th, 1953, in LOS ANGELES. He released an autobiography, titled "Simply The GEST," in 2007.
Hi's strange appearance often hit the headlines, and he said having cosmetic surgery was his "biggest regret".
GEST married MINNELLI in 2002 in a star-studded wedding at NEW YORK's ST. REGIS HOTEL, with MICHAEL JACKSON serving as best man and ELIZABETH TAYLOR as oen of his houseguests. They announced a separation a year later and divorced in 2007.