The WHAM! singer and 1980s music icon George Michael has died at his home in England on Christmas Day.
How old was George Michael?
Michael was 53-years-old when he died on December 25, 2016. He was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 2963 in East Finchley, London. His father was a Greek immigrant to England, and his mother was English.
Michael’s death shocked fans and a music world already dealing with the 2016 deaths of music greats such as David Bowie and Prince.
The specific cause of death was not released, although it was reported that Michael died “peacefully” at his own home, and he’d had public bouts with health issues in the past, cancelling a tour in 2011 because he was suffering from pneumonia. Police told the Hollywood Reporter that his death was unexplained but not suspicious.
According to Biography.com, George Michael “grew up in and near London, where he developed his passion for music at an early age.”
Michael’s musical and stardom heyday was in the 1980s. Biography.com says he “formed the band Wham! Their first U.S. hit was ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.’ In 1986, he went solo. Over time he recorded edgier work, such as the hit ‘I Want Your Sex.'”
According to IMBD, “He first discovered fame as a musician when he and school friend, Andrew Ridgeley, formed the pop group Wham!. Success came fast and furious with their first album, ‘Fantastic’ (1983) hitting the UK number one spot.”
Michael, who was an icon in the LGBTQ community, “announced that he was gay after being arrested for lewd conduct in a public restroom,” said Biography.com. In later years, he toured and released a Greatest Hits album, said Biography.com.
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