Dead Or Alive singer Pete Burns had planned to return to music before his death. The You Spin Me Round singer was due to release a new album and had scheduled a performance on Loose Women as part of promotion for the record.
Burns passed away on 23 October at the age of 57 after suffering cardiac arrest, his management confirmed in a tweet. A statement read: "It is with the greatest sadness that we have to break the tragic news that our beloved Pete Burns of (Dead Or Alive) died suddenly yesterday of a massive cardiac arrest."
It has now emerged that Burns had put in place promotional duties to promote Dead Or Alive's brand new compilation album Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI, which is set for release on 28 October.
The record includes 17 CDs and two DVDs of music from across eight of the band's albums in addition to previously unreleased remixes of their famous tracks and a deluxe book set of a 4,000-word "historical recollection" from Burns.
The singer is said to have personally curated the 255-song record with Dead Or Alive's manager Steve Coy. Sophisticated Boom Box MMXVI is available to pre-order on Amazon for £109.99. Songs which fans can expect to hear on the compilation album include That's The Way (I Like It), You Spin Me Round (Like A Record), Lover Come Back To Me, Brand New Lover and My Heart Goes Bang.
ITV's daytime talk show series Loose Women have confirmed that Burns was due to appear on the show on 24 October, tweeting: "@PeteBurnsICON was due to appear on the show today to talk about his new album. Our thoughts go out to his friends & family. RIP Pete." However, a source has told The Mirror that Burns had cancelled his performance the previous week due to his poor health.
In the days before his death, Burns was busy promoting the record on Twitter and hinted at his anticipation of the record's release, telling his followers: "Counting down the days."
Dead Or Alive rose to prominence in 1985 with You Spin Me Round reaching number one on the UK chart. The song features on the band's second studio album Youthquake, which peaked at number nine and also hosts the singles Lover Come Back To Me, In Too Deep and My Heart Goes Bang (Get Me To The Doctor).
Tributes for Burns have flooded in from the music world with Culture Club singer Boy George tweeting: "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!" while Scissor Sisters frontman Jake Shears added: "You always elevated a room, whether in person or on the speakers."
Burns' Celebrity Big Brother co-star Samuel Preston from Ordinary Boys, commented: "Heartbroken to hear about Pete Burns. He was a true punk rocker and one of the kindest hearts I've ever know. Gutted," while former 1980s pop star Sinitta said: "Rest in Peace @PeteBurnsICON we had some laughs and some tears over the years .you were a sensitive soul and will be missed."