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Singer George Michael dies 'of heart failure'

  • George Michael reported to have died of heart failure

Pop star George Michael has died aged 53 at his home in Oxfordshire.

The musician's publicist said that he had 'passed away peacefully' at his property in Goring.

Michael's former manager Michael Lippman claimed he had died in bed as a result of 'heart failure.'

Thames Valley Police said officers were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, shortly before 2pm on Christmas Day.

A spokesman said: 'Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.'

His Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley and close friend Elton John have lead the tributes to the star on social media.

Posting on Twitter, musician Ridgeley wrote: 'Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx'

While John posted a heartfelt message along with a picture of the pair together on his Instagram page.

He wrote: 'I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans."

Adapted from Daily Mail, UK Online

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