Excerpt from People
Written by Karen Mizoguchi
Singer George Michael has died. He was 53.
“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,” Michael’s publicist confirmed to Entertainment Weekly and PEOPLE.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Michael’s U.S. publicist told PEOPLE that the musician had died of heart failure.