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.
No words. RIP George. Bri https://t.co/E0wrO2POoy
— Dr. Brian May (@DrBrianMay) December 26, 2016
God didn't give it, you did my old friend.
Cleft with grief.
A xx https://t.co/yPzbB3rDGE
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
Farewell My Friend! 🙏🏻 Another Great Artist leaves us. 💔Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW? pic.twitter.com/aEGIUNSJbt
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016
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