Michael Lippman told The Hollywood Reporter that the former Wham! singer, 53, died in his London home on Christmas Day.
Lippman received a call on Sunday morning, telling him that the “Faith” singer had been found “in bed, lying peacefully.”
“I’m devastated,” the manager said, adding that while Michael’s death from heart failure was unexpected, there was “no foul play whatsoever.” Results of an autopsy have yet to be released.
“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,” his rep said in a statement to the BBC. “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
In a statement to THR, Thames Valley Police said that officers were called to Michael’s home shortly before 2 p.m. on Christmas Day. “Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene,” the statement read. “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post mortem has taken place.”
THR reports that funeral plans will be announced shortly.
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