George Michael Dies Of Heart Failure At His Oxfordshire Home At 53-Years-Old And Heartbroken Wham! Band-mate Andrew Ridgeley Pays Tribute To His Beloved Friend As Fans Mourn Legend’s Death.
Pop star George Michael has died aged 53 at his home in Oxfordshire.
The musician’s publicist said that he had ‘passed away peacefully’ at his property in Goring at 1.42pm today.
Michael’s former manager Michael Lippman claimed he had died in bed as a result of ‘heart failure.’
Police have announced that they are not treating the star’s death as suspicious.
Thames Valley Police said officers were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, shortly before 2pm on Christmas Day.
His Wham! band-mate Andrew Ridgeley and close friend Elton John have lead the tributes to the star on social media.
Posting on Twitter page, musician Ridgeley wrote: ‘Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx’
While John posted a heartfelt message along with a picture of the pair together on his Instagram page.
He wrote: ‘I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP’
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The singer – whose real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.
In a statement, the star’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.