Iconic British singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the 80’s pop band Wham!, has died, according to multiple reports. He was 53 years old.
The singer, famous for hits like “Last Christmas,” “Freedom” and “One More Try” died “peacefully” at his home in Oxfordshire. Police reported no signs of foul play.
BBC News quoted a statement from his publicist that read:
“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.“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, the talent sold over 100 million albums in his career that spanned four decades. Michael has worked with Aretha Franklin, Whitney Houston, Naomi Campbell, Tony Bennett, Elton John and most recently Mary J. Blige for his upcoming reissue of Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.
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