RIP: George Michael

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As if we needed a remind that 2016 was still in full effect, we got it this weekend. On Christmas Day, it was announced that George Michael had passed away at home. He was 53. George Michael was one of the most successful and influential musicians of the eighties and nineties. Whether you are scrolling through VH1 and hearing one of his hits from his band Wham! or maybe from his solo outing.

What is profoundly sad is that he passed away on a day, in which, had one of his timeless classic hit, Last Christmas. Listening to one of his song from the eighties like “Careless Whisper,” “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “I’m Your Man” or even “A Different Corner.” Maybe you grew up on his solo career with “Faith,” “Freedom,” “One More Try” or a personal favorite of “Kissing A Fool.”

“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 publicist said in a statement provided to the BBC. The statement added that Michael’s family have requested privacy and will not be making further statements at this time.

If you wish to diminish his impact on popular culture, then try to deny that his Christmas classic is not played every year during the holiday season. To go beyond that, the Key and Peele movie, Keanu featured the singer’s extensive catalogue of solo music. They even went so far to insert a character into the classic “Faith” video. Deadpool even featured “Careless Whisper.” James Cordon’s famous carpool karaoke was started in the UK when he drove around with George Michael singing some of his famous songs.

While many people will probably focus on the latter half of his career but it is more positive to look at his earlier career. This was a musician that was a pop star and transformed himself into a classic artist taking away the pop imagery that he associated with his early stardom. While he had many run ins with the law, he never let it damper his outlook on life. He was involved in activism against AIDS, hunger and war. With only four days left in the year, 2016 doesn’t seem to be done with us yet.