British pop singer George Michael has died at age 53, his family has confirmed in a statement.
“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,” said the statement.
The musician first shot to stardom with WHAM!, who had big hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper”.
Michael went on to have a solo career, launching his album “Faith” in 1987 and sold over 20 million copies. One of his many hits included “I Want Your Sex”, which had a conversional music video that aired on MTV.
The Thames Valley Police released a statement on Sunday, confirming the death and said there was no evidence of foul play.
“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious,” the statement said.
As news of the singers death broke, condolences poured in on social media.
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
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
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 26, 2016
His song “I Knew You Were Waiting” won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance. Michael was a two-time Grammy Award recipient and had a career that expanded over several decades.
The singers long time manager Michael Lippman confirmed Michael died at his home of heart failure.
“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,” he said in a statement to the BBC. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
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