George Michael has died at the age of 53.

The singer who rose to fame in the 80, passed on Christmas day due to suspected heart failure, according to his longtime manager, Michael Lippman who received a call on Christmas morning notifying him that Michael had been found "in bed, lying peacefully."  said Lippman.

His publicist later added, "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.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, the singer, songwriter and record producer sold more than 100 million records during his lifetime, won three Brit Awards, two Grammys and even collaborated with the artists including Aretha Franklin and Elton John.

His family have spoken out and said they have been “touched beyond words” by tributes to the late pop star and the former singer’s publicist described the reaction to Michael’s death as an “incredible outpouring of love”

The statement by Michael’s publicist read: “The family and close friends of George have been touched beyond words by the incredible outpouring of love for him in the hours and days since his death.

“For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world at large, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received. 

Following the news, musicians around the world have paid respects to the pop star on social media, they included his former Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, Boy George, Madonna, Gary Numan, Disclosure and Machinedrum, who all demonstrated the impact of Michael’s career in their posts.

Alongside this many have come forward telling stories of the private 'acts of kindness' George did over the years, including donating millions to the Childline charity and even donating money to a woman who need fertlity treatment. 

George was set to release a documentary in 2017.