George Michael dies of suspected heart failure

File photo dated 13/07/85 of George Michael of Wham performing at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said.

The star, who launched his career in the 1980s as part of Wham before continuing his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”.

Thames Valley Police, who said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT today (December 25), say there were no suspicious circumstances.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “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.

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

George Michael – real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – was born in north London and reported to have sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.

As a member of Wham in the early 1980s he scored four Number 1s on the Official Singles Chart, including Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Freedom and I’m Your Man. Wham also lay claim to one of the best selling Christmas singles of all time, Last Christmas.