Singer George Michael Has Died at 53

The ex-Wham singer turned soloist died "peacefully at home."

Rescue personnel arrived at Michael’s property at 1:42 p.m. local time, 8:42 a.m. ET, although it is not known who contacted them. In a statement, Thames Valley Police described Michael’s death as “unexplained but not suspicious,” adding, “A post mortem will be undertaken in due course.”

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, George Michael shot to fame in the early 1980s as a member of the group Wham!, with fellow singer and guitarist Andrew Ridgeley. The duo scored a U.S. and U.K. #1 hit with “Wake Me Up before You Go-Go” in 1984.

“Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog," Ridgeley tweeted Sunday night about Michael’s passing, "Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx.”

Michael released five more solo albums and a greatest hits collection over the ensuing years -- his last was the 2014 live album "Symphonica," his first album in ten years.

Initially describing himself as bisexual, Michael revealed he was gay following his 1998 arrest in Beverly Hills, California for what was described as “engaging in a lewd act” in a public restroom with another man, revealed to be an undercover police officer. Michael later described his actions as the result of a subconscious desire to be honest about his sexuality. He was arrested for a similar act in 2006.

"I still have plenty to live for," he said, when asked what got him through the ordeal. "I have an amazing, amazing life, and if I wasn't spiritual enough before the last four, five weeks then I certainly am now."