Wham! Singer George Michael Dies At Age 53

George Michael Dies at 53

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News has just surfaced that former Wham! singer George Michael has peacefully passed away in his home over this Christmas weekend.

His publicist has confirmed this, stating that “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.” No wonder. They lost their beloved son, brother and friend, during Christmas no less.

Police have said they are treating the death as unexplained, but that there aren’t any suspicious circumstances.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, Michael first found success with fellow Wham! singer Andrew Ridgely during the 1980’s. Blessed with good looks and a great singing voice, he quickly became a teen idol. Wham! hits include “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.”

 

 

He later launched a successful solo career, his debut album Faith selling more than 10 million copies.

Combined with his solo career, the British pop star has sold over 80 million records worldwide. 

In 1998 Michael announced that he was gay. In an exclusive interview with CNN‘s Jim Moret he stated:

“This is as good of a time as any. I want to say that I have no problem with people knowing that I’m in a relationship with a man right now. I have not been in a relationship with a woman for almost 10 years.”
George Michael Dies at 53

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Michael nearly succumbed to pneumonia in late 2011. Doctors had performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and he was unconscious for some of his time in the hospital, later saying that it had been “touch and go” for awhile whether he lived.
Alas, 2016 has seen the loss of another talented musician—David Bowie, Prince, and Rick Parfitt have all passed away this year as well. Duran Duran made reference to this in a post to Twitter:

 

Rest in peace, George Michael.

 

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