Singer George Michael died “over the Christmas period” at the age of 53, his publicist confirmed in a statement.
“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 asks that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this time.”
According to the BBC, London police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Michael’s death.
The singer started his career as part of the musical duo Wham! (of “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go” fame) in the 1980s, along with Andrew Ridgeley. Wham!’s song “Last Christmas” has become a staple on holiday playlists this time of year.
After Michael and Ridgeley went separate ways in 1986, Michael launched a solo career. Some of his greatest hits include “Careless Whisper,” “Freedom! ’90,” “I Want Your Sex,” and:
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Michael’s most recent album, Symphonica, was released in 2014. In November 2016, his official website reported he was putting the final touches on Freedom, a documentary set to air in March 2017. According to the BBC, it had been reported earlier this month that the singer was working on a new album with producer and songwriter Naughty Boy.