Famed British pop singer George Michael has died at the age of 53. A statement given by his reps to the BBC indicates Michael “passed away peacefully at his home over the Christmas period”.
The London-born singer sold more than 100 million albums over a career spanning almost four decades. He formed Wham! in 1981 with schoolfriend Andrew Ridgeley which lead to a string of hits including “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Last Christmas”.
Splitting in 1986, Michael went solo and proceeded to release many No. 1 hits including “Freedom,” “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “Too Funky,” “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” “Everything She Wants,” “I Want Your Sex,” “Fastlove” and “As”.
Michael suffered from bouts of depression, drug, occasional legal problems, and at one point nearly died from pneumonia in 2011.
In the statement given to press, Michael’s reps say: “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Source: The BBC