By: Staff –
Pop superstar George Michael, who began his career with Wham in the early 1980s, and following a 1986 breakup continued with a successful solo career with hit singles including “Careless Whisper” and “Freedom! ’90”, is dead at the age of 53.
In a statement, Michael’s publicist said: “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.”
Sir Elton John posted a photograph of himself with Michael on Instagram, writing: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans.”
According to the BBC, Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring at 13:42 GMT on Christmas Day.
The force said: “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.
“A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post-mortem has taken place.”
Michael released his sixth and final solo album, Symphonica, in March 2014.