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George Michael Dies at 53

The English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with the group Wham! passed away on Christmas Day.

Singer George Michael has died, Billboard has confirmed. 

The English singer, songwriter, and record producer who rose to fame with the group Wham! passed away on Christmas Day.

In a statement to the BBC, the star's publicist 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."

Michael's longtime manager Michael Lippman confirmed the news to Billboard at 3 p.m. PST.

More to come. 

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