Ex-Wham! singer George Michael dies





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."

He died of heart failure according to his longtime manager Michael Lippman.



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Andrew Ridgeley, his Wham! mate:



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eltonjohn I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP



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Merry fucking Christmas. RIP.