Legendary pop behemoth George Michael died earlier today, his publicist has confirmed.
In a statement, George'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.”
Long before doing a Robbie was known as doing a Robbie, it was a case of doing a George: after leaving pop duo Wham! in 1986, he embarked on a ludicrously successful solo career that resulted in both commercial and critical succes, spanned four decades and saw him shift over 100m records around the world.