Ex-Wham! Singer George Michael Dead at 53

LONDON — British pop star George Michael has died, according to Britain’s Press Association (PA) news agency. The musician, who shot to fame with the 1980s duo Wham!, was 53 years old.

Michael later went on to have a successful solo career.

PA quoted a statement from Michael’s publicist that 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.”

Wham! scored big with hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.” His 1987 debut album “Faith” sold more than 10 million copies.

In 1998, Michael told CNN in an exclusive interview that he was gay.

“This is as good of a time as any,” he told CNN’s Jim Moret then. “I want to say that I have no problem with people knowing that I’m in a relationship with a man right now. I have not been in a relationship with a woman for almost 10 years.”

Michael’s comments came shortly after he was booked for an investigation of misdemeanor lewd conduct and released on $500 bail. The singer was alone in the restroom of a Beverly Hills park when an undercover officer saw him allegedly commit the act.

Michael, whose real name is Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, apologized to his fans for the alleged incident. He said he hoped they would stand by him.

“I don’t feel any shame. I feel stupid and I feel reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality to be exposed this way. But I don’t feel any shame whatsoever,” Michael said.

43 comments

  • JessicaInWilliamsport

    So sad, a talented and very generous man was lost over the holiday. To all the haters, look in the mirror and know you’re not even half the human being George Michael was. Most of you aren’t worthy enough to lick his boots.

  • JakeLePard

    Gay haters are so funny. They’re closet homosexuals who cruise around at night looking for some man action or they’re the ones who have these secret meetings at motels hoping to God that their wives and buddies don’t find out. Keep talking, maybe this is some kind of therapy for you.

    • natalie

      Reverand my ass…you’re a hater and sadly judgemental. I will no longer read anything you have to say.
      Shove YOUR bible up your ass!

  • natalie

    You can tell who the miserable haters are. We don’t need to know your pathetic views on a life lost just because he didn’t live by your sad existences. You’re the ones who are going to hell for bashing and judging someone just because of their sexual orientation…he had more love in his heart than you losers ever will. It’s apparent how insecure each one of you are who had to grace us normal people with your childish and disrespecting comments….i’ll pray for you!

    • duh

      “I’ll pray for you”, says the woman that also says “Shove YOUR bible up your ass!”. Curious: do you talk this way in front of your pastor, priest, guru, shaman, cleric, rector, pontiff, vicar, or other man of the cloth?

  • Gerard Hopes

    oh no, do we have to have a whole days worth of terrible music now. Lets face it, he wasn’t that talented. 2016 took some real talent away from our ears like Bowie and Cohen. Michael was a lovey to all the ass licking celebs and royalty, he also left us with some pretty terrible music and will forever ruin Christmas.

  • Let us Iranians rescue you from the gay agenda

    Damn the strategic and deliberate effort by the powers that be that control the media, the music industry and the feminist groups to emasculate men and create a new class of effeminate young men who are lost and Who think Their behavior is standard.

  • jack handy

    Me and my husband are at great loss. We danced several dances at our wedding to George Michael’s music. Me and my husband will take one for the team tonight. I met George Michael at a English pub back in 1984. He was such a gentleman. He would push in anybody’s stool. He pushed in my stool before I even asked him to do so. What a kind man he was.

      • rob

        The comments from such morons show their mentality. It’s very sad actually to know there are people of adult age who are just large children with no clue walking around. I blame it on t heir parents…they couldn’t have been normal to raise such pathetic “adults”

    • duh

      Unless George had a serious conversation with the Almighty before he drew his terminal breath, I doubt he is flying with any angels. Being a ‘talented performer’ does not get one into heaven.

  • rcarson79

    That is so sad. I love his music. He is still so young. I hope he is in a better place. He will be missed RIP

      • JakeLePard

        Muslim Loving Christian, just by your words in your comment alone I’m pretty sure you’ll be going to hell, if there is one. I believe non-tolerance to your fellow man is also a way to go way down below.

      • Jesus was a Capricorn who ate organic food

        If you say “Jesus” backwards, it sounds like “sausage.”
        …just sayin’.

      • Science is not a liberal conspiracy

        Muslim Loving Christian, bless your heart.

        You know I had an imaginary friend, too……… when I was 7.

      • hatingdisrespect

        It’s about respecting life and minding your own business about someone else sexuality. Live and let live and have respect to the dead. He was also made in God’s image.

      • Sherrie

        Amen bro I am a Christian and I’m sorry to say unless george micheal had a prayer with God before he took his last breath then I am sorry to say not judging don’t get it mixed up ,but he went to hell “God detest men who lay with men and women who lay with women”if God wanted man to be with man he would have put a man in the garden with Adam when he saw that adam was lonely I feel sorry for the people who don’t know God. I really feel sorry for them pleas people take a look around and I mean a long look. Jesus is already here on this earth if you don’t believe me just look around and I mean look real hard may God bless the world and all human beings he made in it

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