George Michael, RIP (fellow artists pay tribute)
"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 initially rose to fame as part of the duo Wham! in the early-80's whose their hits include one of the perennial holiday favorites, "Last Christmas." By the late 80's he moved onto a massively successful solo career. George Michael, you will be missed but your music lives on. Some classic Wham! and George Michael videos, along with tributes from fellow artists, below.