George Michael has died at the age of 53. 2016 has claimed the life of yet another great entertainer. Music fans were left in shock Christmas Day as news of the tragic and unexpected passing of singer George Michael began making its way across social media.

Entertainment world shocked over loss of George Michael

What a sad year for celebrities as 2016 comes to a close, leaving the world with the loss of yet another celeb taken from us far too soon. Michael's rep confirmed the sad news late Sunday afternoon, revealing that Michaels passed away in his England home in Goring, Oxfordshire.

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At this time, all that has been reported concerning the circumstances surrounding his passing is that the singer died "peacefully" during the Christmas holiday period.

According to the Thames Valley PD, officers state that first responders from the South Central Ambulance Service responded to a call from the property at 13:42 GMT and that there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding Michael's death.

George Michael working on new music at time of his death.

Michael (who's real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) is best known for his time as the lead singer of Wham! Throughout his career in the music industry which spanned nearly four decades, Michael sold over 100 million albums.

It was always a great wish of Wham! fans that one day George would reunite with his former Wham! music partner Andrew Ridgeley and possiby record a new album together.

It was also allegedly reported in November that George had also recently reunited with his longtime love and former romantic partner Kenny Gross after many years apart. Michael began making news headlines in 1998 when he was arrested in Beverly Hills for engaging in a lewd act in a public restroom.

The singer was arrested again in 2006 for possession of drugs and in 2010 the "I Want Your Sex" singer pled guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and was sentenced to eight weeks in prison.

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George's medical battles began in 2011 when he was forced to postpone a number of concert appearances after being admitted to the hospital where he was treated for pneumonia. In 2013, George Michael was taken by helicopter to a hospital after suffering a serious head injury as a result of a fall he experienced from his moving car on the MI freeway.