obit: George Michael has passed

George Michael, an icon of pop music has died, according to his

publicist. He was 53 born June 25, 1963

. “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,” his publicist Connie Filippello said in a statement.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult

and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

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