He was one of the biggest pop names of the 1980s. George Michael of Wham stardom has died. His publicist's saying he passed away peacefully at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas day. British police say the death is unexplained but not suspicious. He was 53.
Celebrities leading the tributes, including Elton John, Bryan Adams, and former band mate Andrew Ridgeley.
Michael founded Wham with Ridgeley in 1981, launching what was to become the most successful pop duo of the time. They quickly became a hit with the songs like Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and Last Christmas.
After splitting in 1986 Michael went on to become a successful solo artist, selling more than 100 million albums in his decades long career.>> Cheers everyone.>> In 2011 he was hospitalized for treatment of pneumonia. But earlier this month, he was reported to be working on a new album.