Tributes Pour in After Global Pop Star George Michael Dies at Age 53

Tributes are pouring in after pop star George Michael dies at age 53. Billboard reports that Michael’s longtime manager, Michael Lippman, said the cause of death was heart failure, though his publicist said he “passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.”

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Tributes Pour in After Pop Star George Michael Dies at Age 53 [Photo Credit: Wikipedia]
The Thames Valley police said that a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased after they were called to a property in the early afternoon on Sunday. The police said in a statement, “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post mortem has taken place.”

Michael began his music career in the 1980s with British duo Wham! and later went on to become a solo performer. He won two Grammy Awards, including Album of the Year for Faith in 1989.

He sold roughly more than 100 million records during his career.

The Recording Academy issued a statement on George Michael’s death: “During an influential career that spanned nearly four decades, George became one of the most beloved pop craftsmen and respected entertainers. From the enormous success he achieved with pop duo Wham! to his influential solo career, his extraordinary talent had a profound impact on countless entertainers worldwide, and his creative contributions will live on forever.”

Michael’s co-star in Wham! Andrew Ridgeley also express sympathies:

Tributes from Twitter: