George Michael dead at 53
Singer George Michael Dead At 53
In a statement, Connie Filippello, his publicist, said Michael passed away peacefully at his home.
BREAKING NEWS: George Michael dead: Singer dies peacefully at home aged just 53. His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm, saying he died at home over the Christmas period
George Michael has “passed away peacefully at home,” it was announced tonight. His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm , saying he died over the Christmas period. The statement 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.” Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death. George sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades. He began as one half of pop duo Wham! – but became famous in his own right with his debut solo single Careless Whisper.
George Michael pictured in 2010 (Photo: PA)
Legendary singer George Michael died “peacefully” on Christmas Day aged just 53, his publicist has announced.
The police and ambulance service were called to his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm.
The sad news was broken in a short statement issued at 11pm by Michael Lippman, which 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.”
Mr Lippman later revealed George was found “in bed, lying peacefully” and that he is understood to have died of heart failure.
He told Billboard that the exact time of death is not clear at this time, but there was “no foul play whatsoever”.
Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today.
Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.
A statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2pm 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. 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.”
A date for the post mortem is yet to be scheduled.
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of WHAM! in 1983 (Photo: Redferns)
George rose to fame as part of the 1980’s pop group Wham!, whose hits include Last Christmas, Young Guns, Wake Me Up.. Before You Go Go, and Club Tropicana.
He sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades.
His 1987 debut solo album Faith sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
He achieved seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits in the US.
He seamlessly managed to transition to a credible singer/songwriter with timeless ballads like Careless Whisper with his debut solo album Faith, which catapulted him to super stardom in 1987.
All of the singer’s albums have charted either No. 1 or No. 2 in the album charts.