David Gest

American producer and entertainer

David Alan Gest (May 11, 1953 – April 12, 2016) was an American entertainer, comedian, producer and television personality. Gest produced the highest-rated musical television special in history, Michael Jackson: 30th Anniversary Celebration: The Solo Years in 2001.

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Gest in 2007
David Alan Gest

(1953-05-11)May 11, 1953
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
DiedApril 12, 2016 (aged 62)
Cause of deathStroke
Body discoveredCanary Wharf, East London, England
OccupationProducer, comedian, television personality, entertainer
Liza Minnelli
(m. 2002; div. 2007)

Gest appeared on the 2006 series of the British reality television show I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here! He became the first American to have three prime-time series in the UK. Gest appeared in Celebrity Big Brother in the UK in 2016 but due to illness had to leave after 13 days.

He was married to actress Liza Minnelli from 2002 until they divorced in 2007.[1][2]

On April 12, 2016, Gest was found dead in his room at the Four Seasons Hotel in East London's Canary Wharf district, at the age of 62. His death was described by police as involving no suspicious circumstances.[3] It was soon reported Gest died of a stroke.


  1. "Minnelli/Gest Divorce To Be Finalised This Week". Femalefirst.co.uk. April 19, 2007. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
  2. "The David Gest and Liza Minnelli Divorce". Recordssitereviews.com. Retrieved April 12, 2016. Archive copy at the Internet Archive
  3. "Music producer David Gest 'found dead'". BBC News Online. April 12, 2016. Retrieved April 12, 2016.