DiedBritishsingerGeorgeMichael. Fans are shocked and saddened by the unexpected news. He was 53 years old. The singer was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire, England.
"It is with deep sadness that we can confirm that our beloved son, brother and friend Georgedied peacefully at home during Christmas," said publicist Michael in a statement. "The family asks that their privacy is respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
Michael was born in East Finchley, London, 25 June 1963. At birth he was given the name yorgos Kyriakos Panayiotou. The son of a Greek restaurateur, he grew up in Kingsbury. He was known for speaking in the group Wham! Later, the singer began his solo career.
In 1987, Michael began his solo career and released a very successful debut solo album "Faith". His single "I Want Your Sex" climbed the charts, but was banned by many radio stations because of its explicit lyrics. The song was featured in the movie "Beverly hills II". His single "Faith" was one of his most famous singles. In 1988 Michael won a Grammy award. The following year he was awarded the prestigious Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards.
His subsequent solo album, ""Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1" debuted in 1990 and was overtaken by the album "Belief" in the United Kingdom. For the single, "Freedom `90" he was recruited by models Naomi Campbell, Linda Evangelista, Christy Turlington, Tatiana, Patitz and Cindy Crawford to star in his music video.
Personal life Michael was always of great interest to his fans. The singer hid his homosexuality for many years and was arrested in 1998 for violent action in a public toilet.
In 2006, the singer was arrested for drug possession. He was arrested again for drug possession in 2008 and again in 2010. In 2011, Michael was treated for pneumonia and had to postpone a few concerts.