As 2016 comes to a close, it claims one more victim before we move onto the next year. George Michael known as the frontman for the British band Wham! passes away at the young age of 53 on Christmas day. The pop star was first known for songs such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” before moving onto a successful solo career.
The pop star’s publicist released a statement,
“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 family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
The police are not revealing anything specific about his passing but they did confirm that initial investigation indicates no foul play. They said the death is unexpected but not suspicious.” It is believed that the cause of his death was heart failure, though the cause is still unknown.
Numerous people took to Twitter to express their grief. Many celebrities also took part in Boy George’s remembrance.
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
George Michael 💔😢 You were such an inspiration. I'm honored to have not only been your fan, but a friend as well. May you rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/jJKSz22fHH
— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 26, 2016
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
George Michael rounds out the list of amazing music influences that passed in 2016. He joins giants like David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. His absence will be felt around the world and not just for his music but for his personal contribution to the world.