George Michael Dies, WHAM Singer is Dead at 53 on Christmas 2016 - RIP
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BREAKING NEWS: George Michael dead: Singer dies peacefully at home aged just 53. His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm, saying he died at home over the Christmas period
George Michael has "passed away peacefully at home", it was announced tonight.
His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm , saying he died over the Christmas period.
The statement 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.
"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 said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.
George sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades.
He began as one half of pop duo Wham! - but became famous in his own right with his debut solo single Careless Whisper.