Iconic singer George Michael died “peacefully” on Christmas Day. Police and ambulance were called to his home yesterday in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm.
The news was released in a short statement issued at 11pm by 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.“
Lippman revealed that George was found,
“in bed, lying peacefully“
He is understood to have died of heart failure. The exact time of death is not clear, but there was said to be,
“no foul play whatsoever.“
Police say they are treating the death as unexplained, but there were no suspicious circumstances. According to The Mirror, the statement released said:
“Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2pm Christmas Day.
Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be undertaken in due course.
There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post mortem has taken place.”
A date for the post mortem is yet to be scheduled.
Meanwhile, friends and fans are shocked at yet another death in 2016, a year that took David Bowie and Prince as well as many others. Duran Duran referenced the “curse of 2016” in their tweet of sympathy…
“2016 – loss of another talented soul. All our love and sympathy to @GeorgeMichael’s family.”
British comic Matt Lucas, who worked with the singer during a sketch for BBC comedy Little Britain, said:
“Well 2016, you had to just take one more, didn’t you?”
And Nile Rogers, who had just seen the singer two days before, expressed his shock to fellow musician, Mark Ronson.
The Grammys are going to need another hour just for the tributes next year…
(via The Mirror)