Singer GEORGE MICHAEL has died at his home at the age of 53.
The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and had huge success as a solo performer, “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day in Goring, Oxfordshire.
Thames Valley Police say they are treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.
Former Wham! bandmate ANDREW RIDGELEY said he was “heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend”.
MICHAEL was due to release a documentary in 2017 after a period of living as a virtual recluse in which he hit the headlines for a series of bizarre incidents linked to drugs.
Earlier this month it was also announced that producer and songwriter Naughty Boy was working with Michael on a new album to come out next year.
MICHAEL was best known for his “Club Tropicana”, “Last Christmas”, “Careless Whisper” and “Faith”.