Grammy Award-winning singer George Michael died in his home in England on Christmas Day at age 53.
When news of Michael’s death first broke, police issued a statement calling the death “unexplained by not suspicious.” The singer’s manager, Michael Lippman, said that the cause of death was heart failure. George Michael’s publicist, Cindi Berger, said the singer had been in good health.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Michael sold more than 100 million albums over the course of his 40 year pop music career, many of which were spent as one half of the highly successful duo Wham!.
Musicians, actors and others from the entertainment community took to social media to express their shock over Michael’s death and offer condolences to his family.
George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016
God bless George Michael peace and love to all his friends and family ?✌️??
— #RingoStarr (@ringostarrmusic) December 26, 2016
So sorry to hear about George Michael’s passing. Brilliant icon. “Kissing a Fool” one of my all time favs. Strength & light to his family.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 26, 2016
Our prayers are with George Michael’s family, friends and fans during this difficult time.