Singer George Michael has died, according to his longtime publicist.

“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,” Michael’s publicist 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.”

Michael was known as the lead singer of the pop band Wham! and as a massively popular solo artist.

Michael’s debut solo album “Faith,” released in 1987, helped solidify his status an ’80s music icon.

Fans of Michael took to Twitter to express their condolences.

“No, not George Michael as well. Another musical great leaves us this year. 2016 can just sod off. #RIPGeorge,” one fan wrote.
George Michael was 53 years old.
Fans mourn the shocking death of famed pop star George Michael at just 53 years old (AP Photo/Matt Sayles)

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