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

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