2016 has been a roller coaster of a year for music fans the world over. We have lost iconic singers such as David Bowie, Prince, and now George Michael. The singer was found dead in his North London home on December 25th, he was only 53 years old. The singer was discovered by his longtime partner, Hairstylist Fadi Fawaz. The exact cause of death is not known at this time, but according to a statement made by Michael’s manager, it appears that heart failure was the cause. In addition, authorities do not suspect any foul play concerning the singer’s death. An autopsy will be conducted, but at the time this article went to press no date had been set.
George Michael got his start in the 80’s pop group Wham!, which was fronted by Michael and his friend Andrew Ridgeley. The group churned out cult classics such as: “Careless Whisper,” “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Everything She Wants,” “Freedom,” and of course the new age Christmas Classic “Last Christmas.” You can’t turn on the TV, radio, or traipse through the mall during the holiday season without hearing this catchy tune! After Wham! disbanded in 1986, Michael embarked on a solo career that spanned decades and generated numerous hits. Some of his famous tunes included, “Faith,” “Father Figure,” “Monkey,” and “I want Your Sex,” just to name a few! Throughout his solo career, Michael sold more than 100 million records worldwide.
Despite the massive success the late singer achieved, it was no secret that he struggled with drugs for most of his life and was arrested repeatedly. The most pivotal incident occurred in 1998 where the singer was arrested for lewd acts in a Los Angeles public restroom and as a result, openly disclosed his homosexuality. Michael used his arrest as a platform in which to bring to light the prejudices society had against the gay community.
Regardless of the singer’s personal fight with drugs, no one can take away the amazing music he has created, nor the impact he has left on fans the world over. I grew up listening to Wham! and was an avid fan of Michael’s after he embarked on his solo career. In fact, as I write this article I am listening to a mix of both Wham! and Michael’s greatest hits. His music resounds with so many people and it’s tragic that the world has had yet another musical icon taken from us way too soon.
RIP George, may your music live on through your fans and be passed down for generations to come.
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