a Pop Legend and Icon,
died of heart failure
over the Christmas period
at the age of 53.
were mourning the loss of a great artist.
Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou
(25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016),
known professionally as George Michael,
was an English singer, songwriter,
and record producer,
who rose to fame as a member
(with Andrew Ridgeley)
of the music duo Wham!.
He was best known in the 1980s and 1990s
with his style of post-disco dance-pop,
with best-selling songs
such as "Last Christmas"
and "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go".
Michael sold more than
100 million records worldwide.
His 1987 debut solo album, Faith,
sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.
Michael garnered seven number one singles
in the UK
and eight number one hits
on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US,
including "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom! '90".
He ranks among the best-selling British acts
of all time,
with Billboard magazine ranking him
the 40th most successful artist to ever live.
Michael won various music awards
throughout his 30-year career,
including three Brit Awards--
winning Best British Male twice,
four MTV Video Music Awards,
four Ivor Novello Awards,
three American Music Awards,
and two Grammy Awards
from eight nominations.
the Radio Academy named Michael
the most played artist on British radio
during the period 1984–2004.
The documentary A Different Story,
released in 2005,
covered his career and personal life.
Michael announced his first tour in 15 years,
the worldwide 25 Live tour,
spanning three individual tours
over the course of three years
(2006, 2007 and 2008).
Michael announced a second documentary
on his life
set to be released in March 2017.
On 25 December 2016,
Michael died at home
at the age of 53.
Celebrities and fans worldwide
mourned the loss of a legend.