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The Recording Academy® Statement on the passing of George Michael

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Christmas 2016 was the last Christmas for British Pop singer George Michael.  Michael started out as one half of the group Wham! delivering such hits as "Wake Me Up Before You Go" and later enjoyed a highly successful solo career starting in 1987 where he sold millions as a solo act. He eventually confirmed rumors that he was gay. Michaels died peacefully in his home in England at the age of 53.

His publicist release the following statment: 
"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.
The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."  

Thames police did not suspect foul play.

The Recording Academy released the following statement on the star's passing:

Dec. 25, 2016

We are deeply saddened to learn of the passing of two-time GRAMMY® Award recipient George Michael. During an influential career that spanned nearly four decades, George became one of the most beloved pop craftsmen and respected entertainers. 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. We have lost a cherished artist and our sincerest condolences go out to George’s family, friends, and musical collaborators. He will be missed.

Neil PortnowPresident/CEOThe Recording Academy