26 December 2016, 13:56
The iconic singer has passed away, aged 53.
Artists around the world have paid tribute to George Michael after the iconic singer died yesterday (25th December) at the age of 53.
The 'Careless Whisper' singer reportedly passed away peacefully at his home in Oxfordshire, England.
This morning, his family confirmed the sad news through a statement: "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," it said.
"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
George Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide, had seven No. 1 singles in the UK and also had 2 Grammys.
Stars from the world of Hip Hop have posted their tributes to the late singer.
Stunned. George Michael. A talented and gentle soul. May you rest in Gods love and Peace #RIPGeorgeMichael— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) December 26, 2016
10 Christmases ago today James Brown died. Today, George Michael... RIP...— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 26, 2016
What a year... RIP GEORGE MICHAEL ...
— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 25, 2016
Smh… RIP George Michael.— Joe Budden (@JoeBudden) December 25, 2016
I don't have it in me anymore to write about our greats. I just knew one day I'd get to work with #GeorgeMichael. Sad Christmas.— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael Another genius gone far too soon. Sad, sad year man.— Tinchy Stryder (@TinchyStryder) December 26, 2016
R.I.P Georgr Michael #LastChristmas— Growing Over Life (@Wretch32) December 26, 2016
R.I.P George Michael. British Legend.— Tinie Tempah (@TinieTempah) December 26, 2016