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George Michael, the British singer, musician and founding member of Wham!, died over the Christmas holiday, his publicist confirms to USA TODAY. He was 53.

“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,” read a statement sent to USA TODAY by Michael’s London-based publicist, Connie Filippello.

The statement continued: “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

The BBC was the first to report Michael’s death. The news outlet said police stated there were no suspicious circumstances.

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