One of the great artists of our time, George Michael has died of heart failure at the age of 53.
Michael’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement issued to the BBC. “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.”
Michael was busy putting the finishing touches to his special documentary film ‘Freedom’. He has discovered some incredible, unseen archive footage and is shooting additional interviews for the project so the film will now air in March 2017.
Michael was also a 2017 nominee for the Songwriters Hall of Fame This accolade recognizes the work and contributions of composers and lyricists who create music around the world, and Michael would now have to be considered a lock considering his extensive catalog of songwriting credits including chart-toppers such as ‘Careless Whisper’, ‘Father Figure’ and ‘Wake Me Up Before you Go-Go’.
The voted winner will be inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame at the Annual Awards & Induction Gala on June 15, 2017.
Since he entered our lives in 1982 with the ground-breaking slice of exuberance that was ‘Wham! Rap (Enjoy What You Do)’, Michael has become an international artist of the highest order. He has sold well over 100 million albums in a world where Germany’s population is 80 million and the United Kingdom’s is 63 million. He’s topped charts from Austria to Australia. He’s sold-out stadiums from Tokyo to Tampa. He re-defined popular music with his debut solo album, 1987’s ‘Faith’ and has subsequently crafted a substantial, enormously popular body of work.