Former Wham! frontman and pop star George Michael passes away at 53

Pop star and former Wham! frontman George Michael has passed away.

The singer was 53-years-old. The BBC broke the story on Dec. 25, and Michael’s publicist confirmed the singer’s death in a short statement. According to the BBC, the police have reported that there were no suspicious circumstances regarding the singer’s death.

"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,” said Michael’s publicist.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

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Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, George Michael rose to prominence in the ‘80s as a member of the hit pop group Wham! The pop group, founded with singer-songwriter and guitarist Andrew Ridgeley, rose to fame through their catchy synth pop recordings, including the smash hit songs “Last Christmas,” “Club Tropicana,” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” The group released three albums before breaking up in 1986 when Michael went solo. Micheal’s debut solo album, Faith, sold over 20 million records. During his career, the singer sold more than 100 million records worldwide. Next year, Michael planned on releasing a documentary film “Freedom.” His last album came in 2014’s Symphonica.

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