The singer has died aged 53

Tributes have been paid to George Michael, who has died aged 53.

The singer died from heart failure, according to his publicist.

“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,” read the statement, via the BBC. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Meanwhile, tributes have been paid to Michael by many of his peers and other musicians, including Brian May, Andrew Ridgeley, his former bandmate in Wham!, Madonna and Elton John.

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