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VIDEO: Singer George Michael Has Died

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Published at 11:14pm 25th December 2016. (Updated at 8:21am 27th December 2016)

North Cornwall's Andrew Ridegley has paid an emotional tribute to bandmate George Michael, after his death.

The star's publicist says he "passed away peacefully at home".

According to Associated Press, the 53-year-old's manager said he suffered suspected heart failure.

Fellow Wham! singer Andrew Ridgeley, who lives near Wadebridge, said he was "heartbroken", adding that the star was "4ever loved".

George Michael rose to fame as a member of Wham!, who were known for their hits Club Tropicana and Last Christmas.

The star, who sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades, was set to release a documentary in 2017.

Sky News says his publicist released the following statement: "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".

Read tributes from stars like Sir Elton John or watch George Michael performing live in London...

 

Soror is among the dozens of people paying tribute on Pirate FM's Facebook page.

She said: Absolutely devastated. An 80's icon which I grew to love as he continued to rise as a star and a legend.

"The heavens has taken another star back. My thoughts are with his family and friends at this sad time".

Hels from Hayle posted "so sad. Saw him at The Coliseum in 1982", while Lisa wrote "so sad - can't believe it".

Tyler commented: "Another star shining down on us in heaven R.I.P".

Franklin said: "Wtf 2016? Enough already! So sad - 53 is no age".

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Others across Cornwall have been posting messages to social media, including Macmillan Cornwall who simply said "what a year".

Host of ITV's This Morning Phillip Schofield, whose family lives in Newquay, tweeted: "And now we lose George Michael, Only 53.

"Love to his friends and family. Another very sad loss in this horrid year".

Duchy comedian, Kernow King, posted one of the singer's video saying "RIP - legend".

More recently, George Michael appeared on James Corden's Carpool Karaoke for Comic Relief.

Their versions of Wham's 'I'm Your Man' and 'Freedom' went viral, with the video clocking up almost 300 million views on YouTube...

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