George Michael may have died incredibly young, but his extraordinary life won’t soon be forgotten.
Fans are still reeling from the loss of the Wham! star, who passed away of heart failure on Christmas Day in his home in England. To celebrate his illustrious career in music, ABC aired a 20/20 special on the pop icon on Tuesday — and there were definitely a few things we learned about the 53-year-old’s life in George Michael: Faith, Freedom and His Final Hours.
Starting off with a Wham!
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By Michaelangelo Matos
Few pop stars so transparently wanted to be liked as George Michael. Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London in 1963, he grew up in the suburb of Bushey and began dreaming of pop stardom at age 7. “It’s not the something extra that makes a star — it’s the something that’s missing,” Michael said in a 1989 MTV Rockumentary. “You know, it’s an old story now, but it’s true: I was fat, I was very unattractive [as an] adolescent — glasses, spots [laughs], … read more

These days, the preferred method of coming out for celebrities is a glossy magazine cover or, barring the adequate amount of fame, a meticulously worded social media post. But when George Michael divulged the secret of his sexuality to the world, he did it in a nearly seven-minute performance at MTV’s first Europe Music Awards and let the audience decide what they’d heard. The ceremony took place in Berlin on November 24, 1994, commemorating the Berlin Wall’s MTV-documented fall five years … read more

A heartbreaking moment. George Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, broke his silence about the musician’s death on Twitter on Monday, December 26, and recalled finding his body on Christmas morning.
“It’s an xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx,” he tweeted. Fawaz, a hairstylist and photographer, also changed his Twitter photo to a pic of himself kissing Michael on the cheek. He echoed his previous … read more

British singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, died at his home in England on Sunday, Dec. 25. He was 53.
Michael’s longtime manager, Michael Lippman, told The Hollywood Reporter that he “passed away peacefully at home,” and according to Lippman, the cause of death was heart failure.
The Thames Valley Police told the publication that Michael’s death was “unexplained but not suspicious,” and released a statement saying, “Thames Valley Police were called to a … read more

Oops! Sarah Michelle Gellar made an embarrassing mistake while trying to pay tribute to George Michael after his death on Sunday, December 25.
The Buffy alum, 39, had all the best intentions when she took to Twitter to mourn the Wham! star, but instead posted a heartfelt message about Culture Club’s Boy George. “Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016,” she wrote before using the hashtag #ripboygeorge.
Her blunder was quickly pointed out by fans, who blasted her for her mistake, … read more

– Christmas Day brought news of one of the most shocking celebrity deaths in a year notorious for them. Tributes quickly poured in for George Michael, who died at age 53. “Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You’ve found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you,” tweeted George Takei. A selection of some of the many other tributes being paid to the star on Twitter and elsewhere: Elton John: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend—the … read more

Since he skyrocketed to fame as the honey-voiced half of the pop duo Wham! in 1983, George Michael always gave us his heart. And this Christmas, he broke hearts everywhere when his rep announced he had “passed away peacefully in his home” outside London at age 53. For the bulk of the ’80s and well into the ’90s, the British superstar born Georgious Kyriacos Panayiotou (that name change was a good call) kept us right there on the edge of pop heaven from the second he bopped across a stage sporting … read more

As the world reels over the sudden death of ’80s pop heartthrob George Michael, his longtime manager said on Sunday, December 25, that the singer’s cause of death was heart failure.
Michael Lippman told The Hollywood Reporter that the former Wham! singer, 53, died in his London home on Christmas Day.  Lippman received a call on Sunday morning, telling him that the “Faith” singer had been found “in bed, lying peacefully.” “I’m devastated,” the manager said, added that while Michael’s death from … read more

Farewell to a friend. Andrew Ridgeley, who was one half of 1980s pop supergroup Wham! took to Twitter on Sunday, December 25, to pay tribute to his longtime pal, George Michael, who died at home in London on Christmas Day at the age of 53.
“Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog,” Ridgeley, 53, tweeted. “Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx” As Us Weekly previously reported, Michael passed away peacefully at his London home.
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Singer George Michael died on Sunday, December 25, at the age of 53, the BBC is reporting.
The former singer with 1980s pop group Wham! “passed away peacefully at home,” according to the BBC. Police say the South Central Ambulance Service was called to a property in Oxfordshire, England, just before 2 p.m in the afternoon on Christmas Day.
Authorities say there are no suspicious circumstances involved.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed … read more

George Michael has died at age 53, according to the BBC. The pop star reportedly “passed away peacefully” on Christmas Day at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Initial reports suggested “no suspicious circumstances.”
Wham!, the pop duo founded by Michael and school friend Andrew Ridgeley, found international success early on with 1984’s high-gloss, ultra-catchy “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go.” Michael was the group’s primary creative force and de facto frontperson, and by 1986 he had left Ridgeley … read more

For those who grew up in the 1980s, they are one of pop music’s most enduring couples.
But, according to Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley, the marriage between him and his Bananarama star wife, Keren Woodward, almost collapsed.
Speaking to the Sunday Mirror’s Katie Hind, the retro chart star – who once dominated radio airwaves with bandmate George Michael – said his 25-year union to the brunette beauty broke down, but was saved at the last minute by their mutual perseverance. Andrew, 52, confessed to … read more