Just went it seemed like 2016 couldn't get any worse, we've woken to the news that singing superstar George Michael passed away in his sleep over the weekend.
The British singer first found fame with Andrew Ridgeley in the group Wham! in the 80s, before embarking on a successful solo career. Although his musical achievements have been overshadowed by a string of controversies since the turn of the century, Michael will go down in history as not only a wonderful singer, but an artist who helped push the sexual revolution in music, along with contemporaries David Bowie and Prince, two greats who also left us this year.
Below is a statement from Michael's publicist about the stars passing.
“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. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
On a personal level, I've always been a fan of not only Michael's voice, but his fearlessness as an artist who never compromised his beliefs. He was able to reinvent himself over the decades and despite a number of run-ins with the law, never lost the support of the fans or his peers.
Picking a favorite song of his is hard, and while "Last Christmas" with Wham! is perfect for this time of year, I can't look past "Careless Whisper" for the memories it conjures overtime I listen to it. While the song is about someone reflecting on a affair and the pain it's caused, the song reminds me of a time in my life when I was young, carefree and living it up overseas.
Vale George Michael.