Singer George Michael is dead died at the age of 53. The star, who launched his career with the duo Wham! Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer. His publicist said “he passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire. His manager, Michael Lippman, said he died of heart failure. Which is really non descriptive because everyone really dies of heart failure. The truth is we all die when our heart stops.
Former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said he was:
“heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”. More friends and family chimed in on twitter, and social media.
“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,” it said.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
That doesn’t sound like a sudden heart attack. George Michaels probably died from some AIDS related illness. It’s not at all uncommon. I just wish they would disclose it, but it’s up to the family.
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.”
I have to say I was sad when I heard of his death last night because some of my favorites lyrics ever sung came from George Michael. It’s ironic he should pass on Christmas when one of his most famous lyrcs was about losing love at Christmas. Last Christmas: “Last Christmas I gave you my heart, but the very next day you gave it away” or who can forget the love anthem Careless Whisper: “guilty feet have got no rhythm” is forever in my mind.
George Michael later began facing headlines for reasons other than his music. He broke every teen girls heart when in 1998 he confessed to being gay. It was after years of refusing to be drawn into speculation about his sexuality, he was forced to talk about it in 1998 after being arrested in a public toilet in Beverly Hills, California, for engaging in a lewd act. How sad. This is his ending. We don’t really know much about him but I did love him once and thought I should say something about his passing.