After what has been a devastating year for music, which has seen the passing of icons that include David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen, ex-Wham! singer and acclaimed solo artist, George Michael has died at the age of 53 at his Oxfordshire home.
Joining a long list of lost musicians before 2016 comes to a close, the English singer – who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London – passed away “peacefully,” according to his publicist, continuing that, “There will be no further comment at this stage,” while his family seeks privacy.
Penning such songs as “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” and “Last Christmas” with his school friend Andrew Ridgely as the duo, Wham!, Michael enjoyed a successful solo career with multi-million selling hits that include “Faith” and “Careless Whisper”. Announcing that he was working on a new album with English DJ-producer Naughty Boy earlier this month, the announcement of the singer’s passing comes just a day after Christmas Day, on which “Last Christmas” is heard around the world to celebrate the festive period.