Remember Pete Burns? It’s a cool summer evening and I’m sitting relaxing after a BBQ with a friend, kickin’ back some beers and chatting it up. He puts on some music and we start Googling some bands and discovering some amazingly talented people have died from overdoses. Heroin is a REALLY good way to age.
Dead or Alive is of course synonymous with the song “You Spin Me Right Round,” one of my all-time faves. The mere mention of it took me back to my college days.
Then I saw it: what Pete Burns looked like in 1985 and what he looks like 28 years later. Was I living under a rock? Or did my friend just have some sort of inside scoop on 80’s bands…
Being The Anti-Aging Analyst, I investigate.
Well, it all started with a botched nose job…hence the eye patch back in the 80’s, but Pete Burns, the androgynous lead singer from the band “Dead Or Alive” wasn’t discouraged from that to continue to alter his appearance to perhaps even greater lengths than Michael Jackson did, but I’ll let you decide:
There’s something downright fascinating about someone who would willingly alter their perfectly looking face so drastically. I mean, there’s Kathy Griffin and Joan Rivers who both went under the knife, but this kind of transformation was actually life threatening…it’s downright equivalent to the lady who wants to look like a cat. WHAT is going thru their minds?
Allegedly, Burns was getting lip injections back in the year 2000. Years later, after going to a plastic surgeon named Dr. Maurizio Viel for polyacrylamide lip injections, something went horribly wrong. His body collapsed, kidney stones, his liver nearly failed – and that’s a HUGE deal – and he nearly lost sight in one eye – making that eye patch a little ironic, don’t you think? At one point, he blogged he was in critical condition and near death. He underwent 100 operations “to make things “right.”
“Now Daily” reported that Burns said (about the lip ordeal with Dr. Viel): ‘It has taken away my life and my career. I saw doctors in London who said the only option was to amputate my lips. I was suicidal.’
REWIND: Did you say “AMPUTATE your LIPS”? And “SUICIDAL”?
From his website back in 2009:
…i simply want it annouced i collapsed on wed and was rushed to hospital going in two kidneys failure and rushed for emerngency 5 hours surgery were they found 8 stones in each kidney but were unable to remove them as they were blocking both the kidney. The uretha and bladder. I’m in a very serious conditions on 24 hours intravenous morphine for the pain. Intravenous fluid as i’m so dehytrade and the kidneys cant retain the liquid. I also have diabetes insipidus which is puling water from my lung. Liver heart and brain. I’m criticaly ill and under 24 hours observation and will be in hospital for quite along time.
Wait – WHAT?
You went through all that physical anguish and pain — albiet, morphine saves the day, but you STILL are not going to stop facial injections and surgeries? Liver, heart and BRAIN were affected but you are STILL PRO change? Didn’t that say “critically ill.?” Again might I add “SUICIDAL?”
But, Burns is smarter now – he uses his own tissue for injections and has a better doctor – and admits that THAT Dr. is on speed dial.
Whew – that IS smarter. Do they still HAVE speed dial? or is that from the 80’s?
His face has surely taken some mincing over the years and he doesn’t mince words when it comes to Dr. Maurizio Viel, the plastic surgeon who kept injecting his lips after Burns complained about clumps and other issues.
Burns says unblinkingly, “I wish he would die.”
Watch this video by ABC News where he tells his story.