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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. George Michael's spokeswoman says the singer is "resting" after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The Sun newspaper reported Thursday, May 29, 2014, that ambulances were called to Michael's London home on May 22 and the former Wham! singer was taken to a hospital. Spokeswoman Connie Filippello confirmed that Michael was discharged on the weekend "and is well and resting." She said that "given the personal nature of this matter there will be no further comment." (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Ex-Wham! singer George Michael has died at age 53, publicist says


[UPDATE] 8:23 PM Police say Michael's death is being treated as "unexplained."

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said, according to the BBC.

In a statement, the star's publicist 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.

"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."

Wham! - Last Christmas (Official Music Video)

Michael came to fame with the 1980s duo "Wham" with hit songs like, "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go".

People quickly took to Twitter to express their condolences over Michael's loss.

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