George Michael, the popular British pop superstar died of heart failure at his home on Sunday, according to reports.
Immensely popular across the music world in the 80’s and 90’s, George Michael enjoyed massive adulation from fans with hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” Young Guns (Go For It)” and “Freedom.”
Michael with good looks and easy stage manner, formed the duo WHAM! with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980’s.
Helped by MTV, found around the same time, his popularity crossed over to the Atlantic and he became popular in the US music scene a a leader singer.
“I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man.”
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After the split of WHAM! Michael continued to rock the music space as a solo artist with megahit single “Careless Wishper,” developing himself as a more serious single and songwriter.
Released in 1987, his first solo album “Faith” sold over 20 million copies with several hit numbers including “I Want Your Sex,” which went on to become a rage supported by a provocative video receiving wide air play on MTV.
One of the most influential pop artists, Michael sold over 100 million albums worldwide and received many Grammy and American Music Awards.
He also recorded duets with Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John among others.
Even as his career was mired in controversies, Michael was active in a number of charities and helped raise money to combat AIDS, help needy children and support gay rights.