“Last Christmas” of the british singer, George Michael. He died at the age of 53 years, announced on Sunday his representative.
Aclose to David Bowie and Prince, the music loses one of its singers headlights. George Michael died at the age of 53 years, announced his representative, Sunday, December 25,. “It is with great sadness that we confirm that our son, brother and friend George died in peace at her home at Christmas, announced on Sunday evening the agent of the singer in a statement.
“at this stage, the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. An autopsy will be conducted in a timely manner,” said the police in london, alerted shortly before 14 hours GMT Sunday (15 hours, French time).
his real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was born in London on June 25, 1963, father, a Greek cypriot and an English mother. He had sold over 100 million records worldwide and held several times the top of the hit-parades. Among her hits include “Careless Whisper”, “Faith”, or even as a sign of fate “Last Christmas” (Last Christmas), performed with his band “Wham !”.
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A teen idol in the 1980s
George Michael was a teen idol in the 1980s. First in the boy band “Wham !” and then solo, he has composed among the greatest musical hits of the time. These last years, he showed very little in public.
The star, who has publicly revealed his homosexuality in 1998, after having been arrested for an indecent act in a public toilet in Los Angeles (United States), served as his private life complicated. “People want to see me as a tragic character, with these sex in public toilet and taking drugs”, but “I don’t see even more of it as weaknesses. This is just what I am”, he declared to the british newspaper the Guardian in 2009.
With Andrew Ridgeley, he creates the group “Wham !” in 1981. Neat appearance, permanent tan, hair puffed to wicks and image of a hedonistic, “Wham !” has captured the spirit of the time, quickly becoming one of the greatest british bands, with hits like “Club Tropicana” and “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”. The success becomes global and, in 1985, “Wham !” was the first western group to perform in China.
After four singles ranked number one in Great Britain, “Wham !”, it imploded in 1986 and George Michael launches a solo, to a targeted audience that is more adult.
His first album, “Faith” (1987), shows a change of style, with on the cover the singer is dressed in leather, beard of three days and ear loop, and a first single titled “I Want Your Sex”. The critically-acclaimed “Faith” will sell millions of copies.
Exhausted by the promotion of the album, George Michael mit three years to release a second solo album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1″.
The drugs, the death of her boyfriend, brazilian…
a Few years later, the death of his little brazilian friend, Anselmo Feleppa, the leaves collapsed. He plunges into mourning by the 1997 death of his mother. The singer does reveal his homosexuality in 1998 after his arrest. He will explain later, not having wanted to talk about as long as his mother lived.
George Michael continued to come out of the tubes in the 1990s and early 2000s, causing controversy in 2004 with “Shoot The Dog”, a song against the war in Iraq.
In 2009, David Furnish, husband of singer Elton John, who sang a duet with George Michael on “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me”, told how the couple’s friends were concerned for the health of the crooner.
This last, that her warnings to the police for possession of cannabis and crack cocaine, was sentenced in 2010 to eight weeks in prison for having dark in a shop in london with his 4X4, under the influence of cannabis and of drugs.
In 2011, he announced his separation from his longtime partner Kenny Goss. Subsequently, he spent several weeks in a hospital in Vienna to treat the pneumonia which led to her death. In 2012, he sang “White Light”, which refers to his hospitalization, at the closing ceremony of the London Olympic games. The following year, new worries : he was evacuated by helicopter to a hospital after he fell out of the 4X4 that was being driven by his driver on a highway.
In 2015, he denied on Twitter claims by the wife of his cousin, according to which he took crack cocaine and marijuana and was in rehab.
“my darlings, do not believe this crap in the newspapers today, from someone I do not know and that I have not seen for almost 18 years,” he wrote then.