George Michael Is Dead At 53

Kaitlan Collins | Contributor

George Michael has died. He was 53 years old.

(Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

(Photo: Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

The English singer-songwriter — who rose to fame singing in the band “Wham!” in the 1980s — “passed away peacefully at his home” on Sunday, his publicist confirmed to BBC.

“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 statement read. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time.”

“There will be no further comment at this stage.”

(Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

(Photo: Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images)

In 2011, Michael said he had to learn to walk again after a serious battle with pneumonia. He was hospitalized in Vienna at the time and later told fans it was “touch and go” whether he lived or died.

“I literally had to learn to walk again and weird stuff, because when they keep you sedated for that long your muscles literally atrophy at an incredible rate,” Michael said during an interview after he recovered. “And I just woke up like this feeble old man.”

“So it wasn’t until I came out that we told people, that they had any clue. But for three weeks it was touch and go.”

“I think maybe the reason I find it still a little bit upsetting to talk about is that because it was so random.”

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