George Michael, the creamy-voiced English songwriter was found dead on Sunday at his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. He was just 53.
A police statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2 p.m. Christmas Day. Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”
Mr. Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, told The Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Michael had died of heart failure “in bed, lying peacefully.”
“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 publicist Connie Filippello said in a statement. “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 was popular pop’s reigning stars in the 1980s and ’90s — with lighthearted singles like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” with Wham!, then 1987 album “Faith.”
Best-selling songs such as “Last Christmas” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”.
Known for Musical career:
1990–1992: Listen Without Prejudice
1993: Five Live
1998: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael
1999: Songs from the Last Century
2005–2010: Twenty Five and concert tours
2011–2016: Symphonica and concert tours
George Michael and Aretha Franklin won a Grammy Award in 1988 for Best R&B Performance – Duo or Group with Vocal for the song.