Pop Icon George Michael Dies at 53
Pop superstar George Michael has died peacefully at his home in the UK, his family has said according to reports.
"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," Michael's family said in a statement. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
As a tribute, Sir Elton John posted a photograph of himself and Michael on Instagram, saying, "I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans."
While Madonna posted an undated video on Twitter in which she embraced Michael on stage. In it she tells the audience: "He's a great songwriter and he makes very classy videos, like me."
Michael, whose real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.