Popular and award winning British Pop Singer George Michael has died at the age of 53, his publicist has said.
The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home” in Goring, Oxfordshire.
“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,” a statement by his publicist read.
According to Thames Valley Police, South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring, Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT on Christmas Day.
“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post-mortem has taken place,” a statement by the force read.
Michael rose to fame as a member of the of the music duo Wham! that he started with his high school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the 1980s.
On Instagram, Sir Elton John posted a photograph of himself with Michael, writing: “I am in deep shock. 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.”
He was born on June 25 1963 in East Finchely, London, England.