British pop singer George Michael died peacefully in his home on Christmas, according to a statement from his publicist to the BBC.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016), known professionally as George Michael, launched his career with Wham! which he founded with Andrew Ridgeley in 1981 where he remained until 1986. He then moved on to a solo career in 1987 following his time with the popular group, and sold more than 100 million albums over 30+ years.
Michael scored seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked George Michael the 40th most successful artist on the Billboard Hot 100 Top All Time Artists list.
Michael won numerous music awards throughout his 30-year career, including three Brit Awards—winning Best British Male twice, four MTV Video Music Awards, four Ivor Novello Awards, three American Music Awards, and two Grammy Awards from eight nominations.
In 2004, the Radio Academy named Michael the most played artist on British radio during the period 1984–2004.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time,” the statement read.
No other details were immediately available about his death.
He was 53 years old.
Some of his hits include: Careless Whisper (1984), Father Figure (1987), I want Your Sex (1987), Faith (1987), Kissing A Fool (1987).