George Michael died on Christmas Day (25th December), as confirmed by his publicist.
The former Wham! singer was found on Christmas morning, having died from heart failure. His longtime manager reportedly stated that Michael “passed away peacefully at home”, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
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.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
Following the news, a barrage of artists paid respects to the pop star – who sold more than 100 million albums in his career – on social media.
They included his former Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley, Jackmaster, The Black Madonna, Gary Numan, Disclosure and Machinedrum, who all demonstrated the wider impact of Michael’s career in their posts.
You can see them below.
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
George Michael was only 53! That puts a lot of things into perspective. Came out at a time when it wasn't easy either. One of the good ones.
— JACKMASTER (@jackmaster) December 26, 2016
In a year sadly full of huge celebrity deaths, I find myself deeply upset by the passing of @GeorgeMichael. It's shaken me badly.
— Gary Numan (@numanofficial) December 26, 2016
For me, he was untouchable. I'm so sad this happened.
— The Black Madonna (@blackmadonnachi) December 25, 2016
So many incredible songs. So many Christmas songs! https://t.co/4bVshnwKOp
— Disclosure (@disclosure) December 25, 2016
Really? George Michael ? This year is toooooo fucking much. I had "Last Christmas" in my head all day too. Rest in peace
— M∆CHINEDRUM (@Machine_Drum) December 25, 2016