The former music producer and former husband of Liza Minnelli, David Gest is reported to have gambled a fortune on pokies just before his death. The TV star died an unexplained death at the age of 62 and was found unconscious in his hotel room in London recently.
The entertainment and reality TV star had a history of respiratory problems in his life. This is despite the medics saying the course of his death is not known.
The British tabloid has reported that although Gest will be missed by family and friends, he spends a few moments of his life behind the pokie machines. It is believed that Gest used to travel all over England to spend money in at casinos, especially pokie and fruit machines.
An unnamed source has claimed that in the six months leading to his death, Gets use to stay at Four Seasons Hotel in London paying AU$1 835 a night. The casino is located very close to one of the top UK casinos and word has it that Gets spend most of his lifetime fortune there.
This is estimated to also be one of the reasons he died very a broke man.
The Jackpot that took Down David Gest
Close friends have also come forward and indicated that David Gest was not shy to spend money, especially when chasing the jackpot.
It is believed that in one of his extravagant nights, David Gest once lost 10 000 pounds (AU$18 350) at a pokie machine but did not see anything wrong with his actions. According to him, his love for the pokie machines did not seem to be a problem at all, despite having lost over six figures in a period of just 12 months.
His love for the pokie machines meant that during most nights, he would pose for selfies with adoring fans even in the gambling rooms.