Pop Superstar George Michael Dies of Heart Failure at 53

George Michael, the English singer, songwriter, and producer who became one of the biggest global pop idols in the 1980s as half of Wham! before going on to carve out a hugely successful solo career, died at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Michael, who sold more than 100 million albums throughout his four-decade-long career, died of heart failure at his home on Christmas Day. “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,” his publicist said in a statement. “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 described Michael’s death as “unexplained but not suspicious.”

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