Bolton-born Lady Showbiz, aka Karen Walters, casts an eye over this week's celebrity news. An entrepreneur, she has worked in entertainment for more than 12 years and is also a presenter on Bolton FM, as well as patron to Bolton Hospice and on the board of Boot Out Breast Cancer​

So many household names leaving us this year and David Gest dying earlier this week came as such a shock.

The producer and reality star, 62, was found dead on Tuesday at the Four Seasons Hotel, in Westferry Circus.

Born in LA, recently living in York, Gest had huge success touring last year - 14 cities in the UK with David Gest's (I've Had) The Time Of My Life Tour.

I was looking forward to meeting up with him next month to discuss The David Gest Is Not Dead But Alive With Soul Tour which was planned for July.

The tour was named after the mix-up on Celebrity Big Brother, when American housemate mistakenly thought Gest (who was ill in bed) had died, after she heard the news of David Bowie's death.

Gest, the ex-husband of singer Liza Minnelli (they were married from 2002 to 2003 and officially divorced in 2007) had many highlights during his successful career.

A major highlight was producing Michael Jackson 30th Anniversary Special for CBS. He produced many American Cinema Awards shows, honouring stars including Bette Davis, Clint Eastwood and Robert Mitchum - making him a legend in his own right. Climbing the stairway to heaven, he joins many stars.

Britain's Got Talent made a great return to our screens on Saturday. I loved 12-year-old Beau Dermott's performance Defying Gravity and I am delighted that she has reportedly been offered a West End role in Wicked.