British pop singer, George Micheal died at his home on Christmas day, his publicist said on Sunday, Decembe r25, 2016.
“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 publicist said in a statement.
George rose to fame with the band Wham! in the 1980s and later went on to have a successful solo career.
According to AFP, an ambulance was called to the singer’s home on Sunday afternoon. Police also attended and the star was confirmed dead at the scene.
“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course,” the police said in a statement.
George’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley took to Twitter on Sunday to share his shock and heartbreak at the news.
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Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx
While other tributes have poured in from around the world.
Singer Elton John posted a picture of himself with George on Instagram, alongside a caption paying tribute.
“I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist,” Elton wrote.
Madonna posted a video of herself with George and the caption: “Farewell my friend! Another great artist leaves us.”