In the mid-1980s, Wham! was one of the most successful pop artists ever seen, even ahead Simon & Garfunkel, with singles like ”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, ”Careless Whisper”, “Last Christmas” and “The Edge of Heaven”.
“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,” Micheal's publicist said in a statement.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage,” the statement also said.
The British police said Michael's death was “unexplained but not suspicious.”
Born on June 25, 1963 in London to Greek Cypriot immigrant parents in a flat above a north London laundrette, Goerge once played music on the London underground train system before finding fame with Wham!.
“I am in deep shock,” said Elton John. “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. @GeorgeMichael #RIP.”
“I can't think of anybody who would have been so perfect in allowing something which started out as a very naive, joint ambition, to become what was still a huge double act but what was really…mine.”Micheal onced said.
But Michael was keen to reach and even beyond Wham!'s teenage audience and to experiment with other genres.
In the space of just five years, Michael had six U.S. Number One hit singles which includes “Faith”, “Father Figure”, “One More Try”, “Praying For Time” and a duet with Aretha Franklin “I Knew You Were Waiting For Me”.
Questions were raised about his sexuality when he was arrested in 1998 for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom of the Will Rogers Memorial Park in Beverly Hills, California.
“I feel stupid and reckless and weak for letting my sexuality be exposed that way,” Michael told CNN at the time. “But I do not feel shame [about my sexuality], neither do I think I should.”