George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53.
Michael enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as ‘‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,’’ “Young Guns (Go For It),’’ and ‘‘Freedom.’’
As a solo artist, he developed into a more serious singer and songwriter, lauded by critics for his tremendous vocal range. He sold well over 100 million albums globally, earned numerous Grammy and American Music Awards, and recorded duets with legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John.
Here are photos of Michael through the years:
In April 1985, George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of the British group WHAM! performed during a concert in Peking, China.
In July 1985, George Michael (left) of Wham!, Harvey Goldsmith, Bono of U2, Paul McCartney, Bob Geldof, and Freddie Mercury of Queen joined in the finale of the Live Aid famine relief concert in London.
George Michael sang with Aretha Franklin in Michigan in August 1988.
In January 1989, George Michael accepted one of his three American Music Awards during ceremonies in Los Angeles.
George Michael performed at "Concert of Hope" to mark World AIDS Day at London's Wembley Arena FILE in December 1993.
George Michael, left, and Stevie Wonder performed "Living for the City" at the "4th annual VH1 Honors" in Universal City, Calif., in April 1997.
George Michael arrived for the presentation of the film “George Michael: A Different Story”, a documentary about his life, in Berlin, Germany, in February 2005.
In July 2005, George Michael, left, and Paul McCartney, right, performed during the Live 8 concert in Hyde Park, London.
In December 2008, George Michael perform3e at the Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi on the last stop of his 25 Live tour.
In December 2011, George Michael left his house in north London after recovering from a life-threatening bout with pneumonia that kept him in a Vienna hospital for a month.
George Michael performed at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction in Paris, France, in September 2012.