George Michael, Pop Music Icon, Is Dead at 53

The singer "passed away peacefully at home," according to his publicist.

26 December 2016, 1:15am

George Michael, lead singer of pop duo Wham! and celebrated solo artist, has died at the age of 53.

The singer, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, "passed away peacefully at home" according to a statement from his publicist.

"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," read the 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."

No cause of death has been confirmed.

More to follow.

Photo via George Michael Official on Instagram.

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