'80s Music Icon George Michael passes away

| Updated: Dec 26, 2016 14:57 IST

Washington D.C [USA], Dec. 26 (ANI): British pop superstar George Michael, who rose to fame as a member of the music duo Wham!, passed away on Sunday at age 53 due to heart failure. Michael's publicist told BBC that he "passed away peacefully at home," reports E! Online. The statement continued, "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peaceful at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage." Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, had an award-winning career in the music industry that spanned for nearly forty years. He was also said to have sold more than 100 million albums all throughout his illustrious career. Sir Elton John, who has 'lost a beloved friend', posted a photograph of himself and Michael on Instagram, writing, "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." Musician Bryan Adams tweeted, "RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us."(ANI)