(PCM) It is with great sadness that we have learned that ex-Wham vocalist George Michael has passed away at the age of 53 on Christmas Day. Very few details have been released about his immediate cause of death, but it has been noted that the singer died peacefully at home. NBCNews is reporting that Michael may have passed away as a result of heart failure, but at this time no cause of death has been confirmed. The authorities are classifying his death as unexplained, but not suspicious. An autopsy is set to be performed later this week.
His publicist released the following statement in regards to his passing:
“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 by respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Tributes are pouring out online in and fans have swarmed Michael’s home laying out flowers and candles in his honor. Singer Elton John wrote on Instagram “I have lost a beloved friend — the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist”, Paul McCartney posted “Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable” and singer Madonna wrote “Farewell My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us”
Our sincere condolences go out to George Michaels’ family and friends during this incredibly difficult time! Wham!’s mega-hit “Last Christmas” will forever be bittersweet!