George Michael died on Christmas Day afternoon in his England home from heart failure. The British pop star's death was comfirmed earlier this afternoon by his rep, shocking fans around the world with the sad, unexpected news.

Celebs and fans mourn the loss of George Michael

As previously reported, George Michael's death news began circulating on social media late this afternoon after his rep shared the tragic news of his passing. His rep's original announcement was sparse of details about the circumstances leading up to the "Freedom" singer's final moments, only revealing that it was "peaceful," and asking for respect and privacy for the family during this difficult time.

Wham! singer dies of heart failure

Thames Valley PD further revealed that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death of entertainer George Michael as friends and fans have been flooding social media with heartfelt tributes to the late singer. Music legend Elton John shared his sad thoughts on Instagram, posting: "I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend-the kindest, most genrous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans."

Former Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley posted: Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large, 4everloved."

Despite once having a thriving music career, George Michael, unfortunatley, like many other entertainers before him was plagued with legal (mostly drug and alcohol related) and medical issues over the past decade.

The most recent in 2011 after suffering a severe head injury due to a fall from his moving vehicle.

Most would agree that 2016 has been a very difficult year of loss for the entertainment world, so many great entertainers have been taken from their families, friends, and fans, leaving the world with such great loss, but with many, many great gifts and years of wonderful memories that will be passed on from generation to generation for decades to come.

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