Legendary singer George Michael died “peacefully” on Christmas Day aged just 53, his publicist has announced.
The police and ambulance service were called to his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm.
The sad news was broken in a short statement issued at 11pm by Michael Lippman, which 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.”
Mr Lippman later revealed George was found “in bed, lying peacefully” and that he is understood to have died of heart failure.
He told Billboard that the exact time of death is not clear at this time, but there was “no foul play whatsoever”.
Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today.
Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.
A statement said: “Thames Valley Police were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2pm Christmas Day.
“Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene. At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be undertaken in due course.
“There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post mortem has taken place.”
A date for the post mortem is yet to be scheduled.
Just one of his best songs, this is just heart breaking listening to it now. On Christmas Day.
2016 just won’t go away easily! How many more people we are going to loose this year! This year is full of surprises and heart breaking disasters and sad news. Just go away 2016.