Mumbai, Dec. 27 -- Grammy-winning pop legend George Michael passed away on Sunday (December 25), his publicist said.
Michael shot to stardom at an early age with co-star Andrew Ridgeley as part of the teen duo Wham!, thanks to their good looks, permatans, highlighted hair and hedonistic image.
The news of his death triggered an outpouring of tributes from musicians, fans and celebrities. Michael was born in 1963 as Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou to a Greek Cypriot father and English mother in north London.
He met Ridgeley at high school and the pair went on to form Wham! in 1981. In 2011, Michael spent several weeks in hospital in Vienna, Austria after contracting pneumonia, and later said that he had been close to death. There were fresh concerns in 2013 when he had to be airlifted to a hospital.