The ‘Last Christmas’ singer passed away peacefully at home, according to his publicist.
George Michael has died aged 53. His death was announced by his publicist, who made a statement tonight (December 25) confirming the star “passed away peacefully at home.”
According to BBC News, Thames Valley Police say South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at lunchtime. They are not treating the death as suspicious.
Micheal leaves behind a formidable pop legacy, having performed in Wham! before going on to enjoy a successful solo career. He’s said to have sold more than 100m albums across four decades in pop, and was recently speculated to be working with Beyonce collaborator Naughty Boy on new music.
“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,” wrote the singer’s publicist this evening. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Artists including Elton John and Michael’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley paid tribute to the star on social media, with the latter saying that he was “heartbroken” over his friend’s death.
Update: December 26, 11am GMT: Michael’s cause of death is confirmed
George Michael’s manager has confirmed the singer’s cause of death as heart failure, according to BBC News.