He was 53. with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980’s. The singer has died, according his publicist said on Sunday. 9, 2012. Helped by MTV, the cheerful duo easily crossed the Atlantic to become popular in the United States. FILE- British singer George Michael in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France, in this file photo dated Sunday, Sept. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, FILE)
By GREGORY KATZ, Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. Michael, with startling good looks and an easy stage manner, formed the boy band WHAM! Michael enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” ”Young Guns (Go For It)” and “Freedom.”
As a solo artist, he developed into a more serious singer and songwriter, lauded by critics for his tremendous vocal range.