2016 just had to take one more legend. On Christmas Day, 80’s pop legend George Michael tragically passed away at the young age of 53.
Michael, an English singer and songwriter, spent most of his career as a member of the duo Wham! Michael’s first major hit was the bubbly single “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” which he recorded as a member of Wham! As a solo artist, he’s best known for his 1987 album “Faith,” which featured the titular track as the lead single. In 1988, Michael won a Grammy award for “I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me),” a duet with Aretha Franklin, and his album “Faith” won the Grammy for album of the year.
At this point, the cause of Michael’s death is still unknown. George Michael’s manager told The Hollywood Reporter that Mr. Michael “died of heart failure in bed, lying peacefully.”
Sadly, Michael is another name in the growing list of revolutionary figures that passed away in 2016. Michael joins David Bowie, Muhammad Ali, and Prince as the biggest, most influential names we lost this year. Hopefully 2017 will be a bit easier on the legends.