Iconic British singer George Michael dies at 53
By: Martin Hunter, Xiro Xone News December 25, 2016 Updated: 7:08 PM
George Michael, the British singer, musician and founding member of Wham!, died over the Christmas holiday, his publicist confirms. 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," the statement 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."
Police say the South Central Ambulance Service was called to a property in Oxfordshire, England, just before 2 p.m in the afternoon on Christmas Day.
Michael enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," ''Young Guns (Go For It)" and "Freedom."
The report added that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Michael's death.
Michael was originally born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, on June 25, 1963, in London, to a Greek immigrant father and a British mother.