Legendary British pop star George Michael, has died aged 53.
The singer, songwriter and producer, whose real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, shot to fame with the 1980s duo Wham! A leading artist in the British music scene, his music career saw him sell over 100 million records worldwide.
His publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother, and friend George passed away at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
George Michael’s hits, include Careless Whisper, Faith, Jesus To A Child, and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.
Singer Elton John said he “lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans.”
The shocking news was followed by an outpour of condolences on social media.
RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 25, 2016
According to the Daily Mail, the police have announced that they are not treating the star’s death as suspicious.
No further details have been released at this stage.
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