Monday, 26 December 2016 - 7:54
British pop singer George Michael dies at 53


Singer George Michael has died aged 53

The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have passed away at home on Christmas day.

Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.

Michael, who was born in north London, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost 4 decades, with 7 number one singles in the UK and 3 Brit Awards and 2 Grammys.

But as his career faded, after he was cautioned for possession of class A drugs, including crack cocaine.

On Instagram, Sir Elton John posted a photograph of himself with Michael, and  Duran Duran referenced the so-called "curse of 2016" - which has seen the deaths of rock and pop legends David Bowie, and Prince posting on their official Twitter account: "2016 - loss of another talented soul.

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael, was an English singer, songwriter, and record producer, who rose to fame as a member (with Andrew Ridgeley) of the music duo Wham!. He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s with his style of post-disco dance-pop, with best-selling songs such as "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".

Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide. His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. Michael garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US, including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90". He ranks among the best-selling British acts of all time, with Billboard magazine ranking him the 40th most successful artist to ever live. Michael won various music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.

In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004. The documentary A Different Story, released in 2005, covered his career and personal life. In 2006, Michael announced his first tour in 15 years, the worldwide 25 Live tour, spanning three individual tours over the course of three years (2006, 2007 and 2008). In 2016, Michael announced a second documentary on his life entitled Freedom, set to be released in March 2017. On 25 December 2016, Michael died at home at the age of 53.

1987–1989: Faith

1990–1992: Listen Without Prejudice

1993: Five Live

1994–1997: Older

1998: Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of George Michael

1999: Songs from the Last Century

2000–2005: Patience

2005–2010: Twenty Five and concert tours

2011–2016: Symphonica and concert tour

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