George Michael Dead at 53: Reports

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This article originally appeared on people.com.

Singer George Michael had died, according to multiple reports. He was 53.
“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,” Michael’s publicist said in a statement to Sky News and BBC News.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

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Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT, according to the BBC. Authorities say there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, according to the BBC.
Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, launched his music career in the 1980s as a band member of Wham!. In 1987, he released his debut solo album, Faith, which catapulted him into success.
During his almost four-decades of fame, the singer sold 100 million albums worldwide.

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