George Michael: Pop superstar dies at 53

Singer George Michael has died at his home at the age of 53.

The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire, his publicist said.

His manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure.

Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”.

Writing on Twitter and referring to Michael by his family nickname of “Yog”, he added: “Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx”

Michael’s family announced news of his death in a statement issued through the singer’s publicist.

“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” it said.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

South Central Ambulance Service were called to Michael’s property at 13:42 GMT. Thames Valley Police also attended and Michael was confirmed dead at the scene.

They added: “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course. ”

A small heart wreath and a rose are among the tributes left outside the front door of Michael’s home, a detached property by the River Thames.

George Michael’s UK number one singles

  • Wake Me Up Before You Go Go (with Wham!) – 1984
  • Freedom (with Wham!) – 1984
  • Careless Whisper – 1984
  • I’m Your Man (with Wham!) – 1985
  • The Edge of Heaven (with Wham!) – 1986
  • A Different Corner – 1986
  • I Knew You Were Waiting For Me (with Aretha Franklin) – 1987
  • Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me (with Elton John) – 1991
  • Five Live EP (with Queen and Lisa Stansfield) – 1993
  • Jesus To A Child – 1996
  • Fastlove – 1996

 

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