“Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper” English singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou aka George Michael shocked the world with his unexpected death on a Christmas morning due to a cardiac arrest, according to his manager Michael Lipman.
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Celebrity hairdresser Fadi Fawaz, Michael’s partner of five years, said he discovered the singer when he went to his home in Oxfordshire.
“We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don’t know what happened yet … Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I,” he told Telegraph.
South Central Ambulance Service arrived to Michael’s property at 13:42 GMT where Thames Valley Police also attended and Michael was confirmed dead at the scene.
While Michael’s team denied the former Wham! singer’s death was related to his heroin addiction history, the police reported the circumstances of his death are being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious.”
Condolences poured all over the internet as some celebrities like former Wham! partner Andrew Ridegeley, Bryan Adams, Miley Cyrus, Ellen DeGeneres, Duran Duran, Madonna and Elton John expressed their grief on the lost of a music icon.
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
RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016
— Miley Ray Cyrus (@MileyCyrus) December 26, 2016
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
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) December 25, 2016
Even in his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, fans paid their tribute to the star by sending flowers.
The two-time Grammy Award winner rose to fame in the ’80s alongside school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the duo Wham! then went on to a successful solo career in 1987 that spanned for several decades.
“From the enormous success he achieved with pop duo Wham! to his influential solo career, his extraordinary talent had a profound impact on countless entertainers worldwide, and his creative contributions will live on forever,” said Neil Portnow, president/CEO of The Recording Academy, which awards the Grammys.
Aside from his music, Michael also became an inspiration to the world after coming out as gay in an exclusive interview with CNN in 1998.