Yesterday, 2016 claimed the life of yet another legend.
George Michael - the frontman of 80's popgroup Wham! passed away peacefully at his home in Oxfordshire. The news of his passing was announced by his publicist. You can read the statement HERE.
Thames Valley Police confirmed that the South Central Ambulance Service attended property in Gorning in Oxfordshire - and that there were no suspicious circumstances.
George Michael's manager Michael Lippman said that the singer passed away from heart failure.
A post-mortem is expected to take place in the coming days.
Both fans and fellow stars worldwide have paid tribute to the late singer.
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
I pray George Michael finally finds peace. A deeply private man with an awe-inspiring talent that couldn't help but make him a superstar.— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) December 25, 2016
This might just be George Michael's greatest moment... 'Somebody To Love' at the Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert. https://t.co/jE6sOMsz37— David Walliams (@davidwalliams) December 25, 2016
other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
Wouldn't it be lovely if death gave us a day's notice so giants like George Michael could see how much they were revered and adored.— Gary Lineker (@GaryLineker) December 26, 2016
And now we lose George Michael. Only 53. Love to his friends and family 😢another very sad loss in this horrid year— Phillip Schofield (@Schofe) December 25, 2016
Ah man. George Michael? No need! #RIPGeorge. Such a sad loss. D— antanddec (@antanddec) December 25, 2016