English singer George Michael, who shot to fame as a member of the 80s music duo Wham!, has died at his home in England.
He was 53 years old.
In a statement, his family confirmed the painful incident;
“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 which was released by Britain’s Thames Valley Police.
The Police said the ambulance service had attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire, at 13:42 on Sunday. This was where the singer lived and subsequently, a 53-year-old man was confirmed dead at the scene.
“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course,” the police said.
Nevertheless, the UK-based Press Associatiation reported that his manager Michael Lippman said the singer is believed to have died from heart failure.
Michael who was best known for his 1980s hits Last Christmas, Freedom, Careless Whisper and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go enjoyed a successful career which spanned more than three decades.
The singer sold more than 100 million albums in his career and won a string of awards including two Grammies and three Brits.
Subsequently, Michael left Wham! and moved on to a successful solo career; his 1987 debut album Faith was a hit. The album sold more than 10 million copies. After some decades, many of his hits with Wham! and as a solo artist, are still well-known.
His last album Symphonica (2014) rose to number one in the charts.
Michael was due to release a documentary in 2017 after making the headlines for a series of bizarre incidents linked to drugs. Also, we got a hint earlier this month that producer and songwriter Naughty Boy, whose real name is Shahid Khan, was working with Michael on a new album for next year.
Unfortunately, he won’t be doing all that now as he’s no more. Apparently, Santa doesn’t always bring joyful gifts, Michael’s family knows that now.
Rest in peace George Michael.