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George Michael – Fashion Icon Dies at 53

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Another great talent leaves us in 2016. Pop great George Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) passed away peacefully in his home on Christmas Day in Goring, England at 53 years old.

“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,” read a statement sent to USA TODAY by Michael’s London-based publicist, Connie Filippello. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

As the world grieves, we’d like to take a moment to review Michael’s words of wisdom over the years.

Because of my brushes with the press and the law, and also some of the bereavements I’ve gone through that were made public, I have been forced into revealing a lot more of myself than I ever had before. Therefore, when I step out on stage, people are seeing a much more rounded individual. They’re seeing someone with strengths and weaknesses. And it’s made a huge difference, in terms of the warmth in the shows. It’s absolutely incredible.

There is no such thing as a reluctant star. Stars are almost always people that want to make up for their own weaknesses by being loved by the public and I’m no exception to that.


You’ll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart.