|Pop singer George Michael passed away.|
We lose another icon of rock and pop music.
British pop star George Michael who had numerous hits as a solo artist and his then group Wham! passed away at the age of 53.
"It is with great sadness that we confirm our beloved son, brother and friend, George passed away at home over the Christmas period," his publicist said in a statement.
Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, he was best known for the post-disco, dance-pop songs of the 1980s and 1990s. He had hits like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go", "One More Try", "Careless Whisper" and "Freedom 90!" and "Last Christmas".
As a solo artist his album Faith, sold over 20 million copies and secured his name as a legend in pop music.
He was also known for being busted in the 1990s for soliciting for sex at a Beverly Hills park. He was caught up in a sting when he wanted to have sex with an undercover cop.
He was forced to publicly address his sexuality after the cop told his story to the junk food media.
Michael had troubles with drugs. He was open about his addiction to pain killers, marijuana and cocaine. He was struggling throughout his life trying to overcome addiction.
Michael hasn't sung a live performance in five years. The rumors were a comeback tour.
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