George Michael Dead Age 53

Pop Star George Michael Dead at 53

Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter George Michael “passed away peacefully at home” in Goring in Oxfordshire on Sunday, his publicist told the BBC. He was 53.

Michael’s manager told the AP the cause of death was heart failure. A statement from his publicist said, “There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley, London, Michael rose to fame at age 18 as half of the singing duo Wham!, partnering with longtime friend Andrew Ridgeley to sell more than 25 million albums worldwide from 1982 to 1986. Their first single to to top the charts was “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” followed soon after by “Careless Whisper.”

Following the break-up of Wham! in spring of 1986, Michael’s debut solo album, 1987’s Faith, sold more than 20 million copies.

Michael’s two Grammy wins came via his duet with Aretha Franklin, “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)” (named Best Rhythm & Blues Vocal Performance, Duo or Group), and Faith, which won Album of the Year in 1989.

Michael’s music has been part of several TV series, including Eli Stone (where his songs served as the title character’s “inner soundtrack” during Season 1) and most recently Scream Queens and the British Strictly Come Dancing. He played himself in a 2007 episode of HBO’s Extras, and appeared in The Catherine Tate Show‘s Christmas special in England that same year.

Michael was the subject of James Corden’s very first “Carpool Karaoke,” which aired as part of a 2011 Comic Relief special:

Also, if only because it was one of the great music videos of the time, here’s “Freedom ’90”:

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  1. Maria says:

    You need to add on him being the muse for Eli Stone. Also, 2016 is the worst year EVER.

  2. Sally McLinn says:

    He was pretty in his youth. Doggone 2016!!! Go away quickly!!! Loved Careless Whispers — one of the baddest songs ever.

  3. Mick says:

    This year sucks. Time to watch Eli Stone and weep.

  4. Lillian says:

    I somehow get the feeling that people are jumping ship. Stop, 2016, just stop. Please?!

  5. Brian says:

    RIP George Michael. Thanks for all the great music.

  6. Angela says:

    Good lord, 2016, settle the hell down.
    Damn. This sucks.

  7. So gifted. Time to watch Eli Stone again.

  8. Kevin says:

    So many big named celebrities that have passed away throughout all of 2016 was a disaster and I’m really sad about the death of George Michael. RIP :-(

  9. ChicagoDan says:

    Interesting you chose Freedom ’90 since George didn’t appear in video during his beef with Sony records. It IS a great video but there are plenty of others in which he did appear that better represent this gone-too-soon dynamic artist. A real shame.

  10. iFixr says:

    Rest in peace George Michael.
    For millions this is a true loss of musical genious.
    Your music will live on forever.

  11. Jennifer says:

    RIP….I loved you so. You were the soundtrack of my youth.

  12. Ricky Lee Jones says:

    In utter shock. He provided the soundtrack to my youth. RIP George. You left an indelible mark on our history

  13. Tom Hupf says:

    Man a lot of Eli Stone fans – I watched Eli, Pushing Daises, Dirty Sexy Money (?) block and they all got cancelled ugh

  14. YestoKylie says:

    This year has just been the worst….RIP George Michael

  15. B says:

    Just… damn it.

  16. 2016 just couldn’t leave well enough alone, could it? Hopefully, it doesn’t take Carrie Fisher, too. RIP, George.

  17. Emily says:

    Hey, 2016–enough already!! George Michael–RIP, :-(

  18. N!loofar says:

    Damn it, 2016 😭😭😭

  19. Olivia says:

    Dear 2016, please f-off.
    RIP George, thank you for all the great music you’re leaving behind and for being one of the braves.

  20. burnscindy says:

    I think the song Rock N Roll Heaven needs to be updated.

  21. MMD says:

    Damn another great artist gone. I’m still stunned over Alan Thicke not to mention David Bowie at the start of the year. I truly have hated 2016.

    Rest in peace and condolences to his family, friends and fans.

  22. Mary says:

    Most of his music is the soundtrack of my youth! Such a brilliant artist!:(

  23. Scott says:

    What is happening? No more.

  24. MMD says:

    I just watched him rehearsing for a Freddie Mercury tribute concert with David Bowie on the sidelines watching. Hard to believe all 3 are gone. I am so glad that I watched the Live Aid concert from start to finish because so many have now gone.

  25. Yareally says:

    If this christmas season hasn’t already been depressing enough, now one of the very best ever dies. To think yesterday morning I was listening to “Last Christmas” to cheer little me up a bit, and now I’m yareally sad.

  26. Nero tTVfiddler says:

    Rest in peace George Michael. We will remember you always with admiration, and the Angels will welcome you in Heaven with open arms.

    Cowboys and angels
    They all have the time for you
    Why should I imagine that I’d be a find for you
    Why should I imagine
    That I’d have something to say

    But that scar on your face
    That beautiful face of yours
    In your heart there’s a trace
    Of someone before

    When your heart’s in someone else’s plans
    Things you say and things you do
    That they don’t understand
    You’re not to blame
    Always ends the same

  27. Mary says:

    2016 has really been a horrific year in more ways than one. Unfortunately there is still a week left to go so it may not be over quite yet. All these iconic musicians who actually knew how to make real music and yes real actors not fake reality stars who understood how to entertain us.
    RIP George, you were one of the greats.

  28. Blondee says:

    I loved George Michael’s music and I loved Wham!! He had such a great voice and he was so talented and a handsome man… Its so tragic that he died too young… May he rest in peace and condolences to his family and friends… RIP….

  29. WayneAdneyC says:

    Too many celebrities dying this year. d.