George Michael is dead at 53
Singer George Michael, who launched his career with the 80s band “Wham!,” has passed away today at 53 according to his publicist.
The Thames Valley Police Department reported that the South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshite at 13:42 GMT (9:42 AM ET/6:42 AM PT).
Authorities have gone on record stating that they are treating the death as unexplained, but there were no suspicious circumstances to suggest foul play was involved.
In a statement to the media, 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.
Celebrities and fans alike have flocked to social media to express their condolences for the singer…
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brilliant artist & great songwriter. Spandau Ballet / Steve Dagger
— Spandau Ballet (@SpandauBallet) December 25, 2016
Is this year over yet? Too many people are passing away. Rest In Peace, George Michael. ☹️
— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 25, 2016
Well 2016 isn't done yet, good night and rest in peace George Michael. The star of christmas x
— John Newman (@JohnNewmanMusic) December 25, 2016
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa
— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
George Michael was one of those generation-transcending icons whose songs my daughter and I both know the words to. RIP. pic.twitter.com/HL5d15uMRv
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 25, 2016
I was CONVINCED I would marry George Michael when I was younger my teenage self is staying in bed tomorrow & playing ALL his hits #teencrush
— Sarah-Jane Mee (@skysarahjane) December 25, 2016
— LeAnn Rimes Cibrian (@leannrimes) December 25, 2016
Rest In Peace our dear @GeorgeMichael
— Dustin Lance Black (@DLanceBlack) December 25, 2016