RIP George Michael
2016 takes another huge star from us! Singer George Michael passed away peacefully at home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, yesterday, on Christmas Day. The singer died of heart failure while in bed aged 53! So young to go! The sad news was broken in a short statement issued at 11pm by manager Michael Lippman, which 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 rose to fame as part of the 1980's pop group Wham!, whose hits include Wake Me Up.. Before You Go Go, Club Tropicana and Last Christmas. He sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades. His 1987 solo debut album Faith sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He scored seven #1 singles in the UK and eight #1 hits in the US.

George's latest studio album, Symphonica, was released in 2014 and this summer Sony Music announced Listen Without Prejudice 25, the reissue of George Michael's iconic album, Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1, coming soon. 

In celebration of the album’'s reissue, Sony Music together with Channel 4 and BBC Worldwide have commissioned 'Freedom: George Michael' (working title), a stunning new film, narrated by George. It co-stars Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Mark Ronson, Mary J Blige, Tony Bennett, Liam Gallagher, James Corden, Ricky Gervais, the 'Freedom! ’90' video supermodels (Naomi Campbell, Christy Turlington, Cindy Crawford, Tatjana Patitz and Linda Evangelista) and more.