George Michael is dead at the age of 53.
"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. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
As news of his passing hit, celebrity friends and fans took to social media to pay tribute to the '80s icon.
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
Paul on George Michael: "George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable." --- Photo by Mike McCartney, LIVE 8, July 2005 #PaulMcCartney #GeorgeMichael
RIP George Michael. Gone too soon.— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 25, 2016
NOOOOOO!! F U 2016!! U have taken ALL R ICONS OF THE 80's!: George Michael, pop superstar, dies at 53 - the guardian https://t.co/MOxNsGx8D8— Corey Feldman (@Corey_Feldman) December 25, 2016
other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
F R E E D O M 💔 pic.twitter.com/T7JpZPBJkX— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 25, 2016
Very sad to hear the sad news of George Michael's death. Rest in peace my friend. Your music was amazing. You're... https://t.co/aNxzBBd8VY— Ty Herndon (@TyHerndoncom) December 25, 2016
George Michael 💔— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 25, 2016
If submitted, the Freedom '90 music video would win best picture at this years Oscars— max greenfield (@iamgreenfield) December 25, 2016
So saddened to hear about the passing of George Michael today. He was a truly gifted singer and a musical inspiration. #RIPGeorgeMichael— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 25, 2016
Wow. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/sVgRYnfm6J— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) December 25, 2016
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
I can't deal with this. One of my ALL TIME favorites. RIP George Michael and I really hate writing that so much. https://t.co/1cRJBMgYga— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 25, 2016
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 25, 2016
I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/Ammqi2ZTup— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) December 25, 2016
Another beautiful voice gone too soon. #ripgeorgemichael— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 26, 2016
#rip Geprge MIichael You will be greatly missed.— Lisa Vanderpump (@LisaVanderpump) December 26, 2016
Unbelievable talent that will serenade the angels.
Shocked to hear about #georgemichael. What an amazing voice. Praying for his family.— Carson Daly (@CarsonDaly) December 26, 2016
Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 26, 2016
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016