George Michael Dead At 53
British pop star George Michael has died, aged 53. The singer’s longtime manager confirmed that Michael was found, dead of heart failure, on Christmas morning.
“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,” his rep 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.”
Michael’s premature passing ads to a list of other celebrities and musical greats to die this year, many of them young, including Prince, David Bowie, and Leonard Cohen.
Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London, Michael rose to fame with the group Wham!, before embarking on a solo career. He scored hits with songs like”Faith,” “Freedom 90,” and “Last Christmas.”
The singer had run-ins with the law over drug possession and soliciting sex. Michael will also be remembered as an icon in the gay community and an advocate for gay rights.