Tributes pour in for George Michael
The world pays tribute to Pop icon George Michael who died yesterday. The 53-year-old singer died at his home in Oxfordshire. In a statement, the star’s publicist 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.”
Thames Valley police say they are treating Michael’s death as “unexplained but not suspicious.”
Looking at George Michael’s Life
- Michael was born in London to Greek Cypriot parents as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou.
- He first achieved pop success with school friend Ridgeley in the pop duo Wham!
- They split up in 1986 and he went on to have a glittering solo career that also saw him collaborate with Elton John, Aretha Franklin and Queen, after the death of Freddie Mercury.
- In 1998 his much-publicised arrest in Los Angeles led him to acknowledge his homosexuality and his relationship with Kenny Goss.
- His track Outside released the same year, poked fun at the arrest and reached No 2 in the charts.
Michael, who was set to release a documentary in 2017.
This is how some of his friends reacted to the news of his passing on social media:
— Cindy Crawford (@CindyCrawford) December 26, 2016
— Richard Marx (@richardmarx) 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
“I have lost a beloved friend — the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans.” — Elton John, on Instagram.
“Farewell My Friend! … Another Great Artist leaves us.” — Madonna, on Twitter.
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