25th June 1963 - 25th December 2016, 53 years old
The English singer, songwriter, and record producer George Michael (real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) was found dead in bed at his Oxfordshire home on 25 December 2016.
The “Careless Whisper” singer had the “Last Christmas” hurrah. George Michael loved Christmas and his life ended so soon and suddenly right on Christmas day. In an interview, he shared that: “I do love Christmas. I always have loved it, ever since I was a child. When I was young both my parents used to work so hard and they always seemed quite stressed to me. But at Christmas everyone would calm down and be nice to each other for a few days, and that used to make me feel very safe. It's Frank Sinatra who reminds me of Christmas.” His song lyrics resonate with his fans all over the world the sudden loss of a caring and talented soul.
In 1998, George Michael came out to admit his sexuality that he was gay and that he had decided to keep his sexuality private because he didn’t want to be scrutinized in his career for his sexual orientation. He was also worried over what effect it might have on his mother when he broke the news. George Michael was arrested on multiple occasions for driving under the influence of drug and drug possession charges.