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George Michael Dies

Pop star George Michael has “passed away peacefully in his home,” his publicist told the BBC Sunday.The singer, born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, had previously battled alcohol and drug addiction and was “touch and go” after a 2011 bout with pnemonia. Michael sold over 100 million records as a member of the group Wham! and then as a solo artist, with his 1987 debut “Faith” — in which he recorded and wrote every track, and played most of the instruments —winning the Grammy for album of the year and elevating him into one of the iconic stars of the 1980s. Michael, who publicly came out as gay after a 1998 arrest in Beverly Hills for “lewd behavior,” later told the BBC that hiding his sexuality made him feel “fraudulent” and speculated this the arrest had been a subconscious way to reveal his true selt.Michael’s death came ahead of a new film featuring Stevie Wonder, Elton John and several of the supermodels who’d appeared in his videos intended to accompany the reissue of his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1.