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The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have "passed away peacefully at home".

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.

In a statement, the star's publicist said: "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.

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-38432862

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And thus George Michael passed away on the very day we hear ''Last Christmas'' over and over and over again. Thanks 2016, you sure have a twisted sense of irony.


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And thus George Michael passed away on the very day we hear ''Last Christmas'' over and over and over again. Thanks 2016, you sure have a twisted sense of irony.

I was just about to point out the irony.


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I used to live in Goring, small world.


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George Michael was secretly trying to heal the pain around the world.

The superstar singer who died on Sunday at 53 never boasted about his charitable side, but now countless people are coming forward to share stories of Michael's giving ways.

"A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k," game show host Richard Osmond tweeted on Monday.

After Osman shared his tale, dozens of people came forward to publicize the charitable efforts carried out by the "Heal the Pain" musician.

George Michael appears heavy in photo snapped before his death

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British singer George Michaels secret charitable actions are coming to light after his death on Christmas Day. (MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GETTY IMAGES)

Michael's website briefly addresses his charitable ways, noting that much of it was undocumented.

The Grammy-winning pop star donated all of the royalties from his group Wham!'s single "Last Christmas/Everything She Wants" to Ethiopian famine relief, according to the site.

The founder of the children's charity, Childline, told the Press Association that Michael donated millions to the organization and was determined to keep it quiet.

"For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist..." Dame Esther Rantzen said.

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