George Michael, the former Wham! member and solo pop star, died today at age 53 years old, according to the Associated Press. Michael died peacefully in his sleep at his home, according to his publicist.
Michael rose to fame as a member of the duo Wham! along with fellow Englishman Andrew Ridgely in the early 1980’s. Then beginning in 1987, Michael began his successful tenure as a solo artist. In total, Michael sold over 100 million albums during his lifetime.
Here is a sampling of the reactions of the stars to the sudden death of George Michael, the latest casualty of 2016.