Rabat - British singer-songwriter, George Michael, has died at age 53.
Rabat – British singer-songwriter, George Michael, has died at age 53.
He has died peacefully at home, his family said on Sunday night.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home,” Michael’s family said in a statement.
He died of heart failure, according to his manager Michael Lippman.
Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, first emerged as a hit-maker with Andrew Ridgeley in the pop duo Wham! in the early 1980s. Their early hits included the songs “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Last Christmas.”
But he became a true pop icon after going solo in 1987, when his album “Faith” sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. In the span of his career, Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide.