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The year 2016 continues to have no mercy. Pop singing legend George Michael has passed away at 53 years old.

Reports the New York Times:

“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 Connie Filippello 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.”

Over the years, music from George Michael and his group Wham! were sampled by the Jungle Brothers, Foxy Brown and more.

Rest in power George Michael.

Photo: WENN.com

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