George Michael has died on the age of 53.
The Wham! frontman “passed away peacefully”, in his sleep on 25 December 2016 at his Oxfordshire, England home, his publicist has confirmed.
“It’s with great sadness that we are able to affirm our beloved son, brother and pal George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” the assertion reads.
“The family would ask that their privateness be revered at this tough and emotional time. There will probably be no additional remark at this stage.”
In response to the BBC, Thames Valley Police confirmed South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 on Sunday (25.Dec).
The reason for demise has not been disclosed, however police say there have been no suspicious circumstances.
Grammy Award winner George discovered fame within the ‘80s with pop group Wham, earlier than embarking on a profitable solo profession.
Twitter tributes have been pouring in, with Duran Duran’s account posting: “2016 – lack of one other gifted soul. All our love and sympathy to @GeorgeMichael’s family.”
George Michael was born Georgious Panayiotou in London on 23 June 1963. He has been sick for the previous 5 years which result in the cancellation of his 2011 Symphonica tour which was scheduled to come back to Australia.
George additionally had an extended historical past of drug abuse and at one time served 4 weeks in jail for driving beneath the affect of medicine.
Regardless of his private demons, George Michael was one of many biggest pop stars of a technology.
George first rose to fame as a member of pop duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley. Their first hit ‘Younger Weapons (Obtained For It) was a direct international smash.
Then got here ‘Wham Rap’, ‘Bad Boys’, ‘Club Tropicana’, ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go Go’, ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Freedom’, ‘Everything She Wants’, ‘Last Christmas’, ‘I’m Your Man’, ‘The Edge of Heaven’ and ‘Where Did Your Heart Go’.
The Wham chart cycle delivered 13 hits in 4 years.
Wham cut up in 1986 with their final present on 28 June 1986 in London. They by no means reformed.
George launched his first solo album ‘Faith’ in 1987. It made him a worldwide celebrity. Nevertheless, he was not as prolific in his solo years as his 4 year with Wham. George launched solely 5 solo albums together with the covers document ‘Songs From The Last Century’ however nonetheless, each album was a success.
George’s closing album ‘Patience’ was launched in 2004.