The british singer and the world known George Michael is dead.
He was found in his home in London for christmas day, and are suspected to have died of congestive heart failure, writes the Hollywood Reporter.
George Michael was 53 years old.
the Singer, who began his career in the band Wham! during the 1980s, and later continued as a successful solo artist, is described as having passed away under peaceful circumstances in his home on Sunday.
Police reported that an ambulance arrived at George Michael’s home in Oxfordshire at the clock 14.42 during the Sunday afternoon, american time. According to his manager Michael Lippman, he’ll have plenty away due to heart failure.
A forensic examination of the body should now be implemented.
Publicist confirms death
George Michael’s spokesperson confirmed the death in a statement during the night on Monday:
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm to our dear son, brother and friend, George, has passed away peacefully in his home over christmas,” he writes, and adds:
“the Family wish for their privacy to be respected at this tough and emotional time. There will not be any more comments right now.”
After the news of Michael’s death, describes his friend and the other half of the pop group Wham! their grief on Twitter.
George Michael – whose real name is actually Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou born 25 June 1963 in north London and sold more than 100 million records during his career that spanned over four decades.
Together with drummer Andrew Ridgeley and Wham! he made himself known with several big hits, such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Freedom” and “Last Christmas”.
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Have had major health problems
George Michael struggled for many years with a heavy drug addiction. He was convicted in 2006 for having driven a car under the influence of drugs and in 2008 for possession of, among other things, cocaine. In september 2010, sentenced Michael to eight weeks in prison after running into his car in a shop in north London.
In recent years was Michael with major health problems. He was at the majority of the hospitalized and in the year 2011 he had to cancel a number of concerts because of a severe pneumonia.
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the Doctor claimed to have performed a tracheotomy – a surgery where you cut into the trachea – to be able to keep his airway open and save his life.
After the hospital stay made Michael a tearful appearance outside his home and explained that he fought for his life during the disease.
Soon after the news of George Michaels death came pouring the reactions into. One of the people who met Michael just before his death was the producer Nile Rodgers. He visited Michael’s house on december 23, which he describes in a tweet.
Large parts of the artistvärlden mourn his passing. Elton John and George Michael had in the first part of the 2000s, a long, drawn-out feud. Elton John posted a image on Instagram along with Michael and wrote:
“I am deeply shocked. I have lost a dear friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. I feel for his family and all his fans.”
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Earlier in december, it was announced that producer Naughty Boy working with Michael to produce a new album.
George Michael also worked on a documentary film, which is scheduled to be completed by march, 2017. It is also mentioned in his last update on Instagram.
George Michael’s last tweet is from the 28th of september, in which he links to a Vogue article.
Despite all the successes have George Michael’s life and career had been far from free of conflicts, scandals and other sensational events. A big issue was his sexuality, but it was not until 1998 that the then 34-year-old singer confirmed in an interview with CNN that he was gay.
Already as a 19-year-old, he should have told among the other Andrew Ridgeley that he was bisexual, and in later interviews, George Michael said that he realized he was gay when he first fell in love with a man.
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Involved in the fight against aids
Just as artistkollegan Elton John, George Michael early involved in the fight against aids. After releasing “Don’t let the sun go down on me” and donated the proceeds to several charities, including those that worked to combat the then-maximum of mythical disease.
George Michael was 53 years old.