DEAD: ON THIS DATE
George Michael (aged 53)
English singer-songwriter, musician, producer
George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, 25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016) was an English singer, songwriter, record producer, and philanthropist who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham! and later embarked on a solo career. He was widely known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s, including hit Wham! singles such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Last Christmas” and solo albums such as Faith (1987) and Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 (1990).
DEATH: In the early hours of Christmas morning on Sunday, 25 December 2016, Michael died in bed at his home in Goring-on-Thames, aged 53. He was found by his partner, Fadi Fawaz. No cause of death was immediately determined, although his manager Michael Lippman conjectured that heart failure was the cause of death and that Michael had “passed away peacefully”. Fawaz described, in an interview with The Daily Telegraph, finding the performer on Christmas morning, “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.”