Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has announced.
The star is said to have passed away peacefully at his home in Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.
Farewell My Friend! 🙏🏻 Another Great Artist leaves us. 💔Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW? pic.twitter.com/aEGIUNSJbt— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016
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 https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
Michael found fame as part of the 80’s pop duo Wham! along with Andrew Ridgeley.
After hits such as ‘Last Christmas’ with Wham!, he had a stellar solo career, recording chart-toppers such as ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Praying for Time’ and ‘Faith’.
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
George Michael came out as gay in 1998, and has been an icon for many in the LGBT community due to his uncompromising attitude.
RIP George Michael, an inspiration to gay men who told homophobia where to go stick itself pic.twitter.com/UNvcSfN4be— Owen Jones (@OwenJones84) December 25, 2016
R.I.P. George Michael. You inspired many and your music will live on in the hearts of the community. You will be sorely missed x pic.twitter.com/tjXqkArahj— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) December 25, 2016
He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, to a Greek Cypriot father and British mother, in North London.
The singer had a legal and medical troubles throughout the years, including being arrested for drug possession, and a battle with severe pneumonia in 2011.He sold over 100 million albums over nearly four decades.