His granddaughter, Stephanie Davis, took to Twitter to mourn his death. “My heart is broken. Grandad has gone. Last to get photo with him,” she tweeted. “We made plans and im gutted I won’t see you again.”
Gest was scheduled to go on tour throughout the United Kingdom, putting on 24 shows alongside Dina Carroll, Russell Tompkins Jr. and Freda Payne. The tour was titled David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul, a joke about the fact that some of his Celebrity Big Brother co-stars thought he was dead.
He was last seen on CBB, but he departed the house after only 13 days because of medical issues.
My heart is broken. Grandad has gone. Last to get photo with him. We made plans and im gutted I won’t see you again pic.twitter.com/EuVT4Oadh2
The 62-year-old star married Liza Minnelli in 2002, but they called it quits after 18 months of marriage, with Gest claiming Minnelli violently abused him throughout their marriage. He filed a lawsuit for $10 million, but it was dismissed in 2006 and their divorce was finalized in 2007.
Gest was close friends with Michael Jackson and even produced his 2001 TV tribute, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Special.