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George Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in Finchley, north London, in the United Kingdom, to Lesley Angold (Harrison), a dancer, and Kyriacos Panayiotou, a restaurateur. His father was a Greek Cypriot, and his mother was of English background. He first discovered fame as a musician when he and school friend, Andrew Ridgeley, formed the pop group Wham!. Success came fast and furious with their first album, 'Fantastic' (1983) hitting the UK number one spot. Wham! survived for five years and during that time the group notched up four number one singles and two number one albums. Most of their other releases made top three. George also contributed to the Band Aid Single 'Do They Know It's Christmas' (1984), and scored two further solo number one hits with 'Careless Whisper' and 'A Different Corner'. Following the break-up of Wham!, George went on to have a hugely successful career as a solo artist, his debut album 'Faith' (1987) - and the single of the same name - both achieving instant and international success. The album has since been certified Diamond. Over the last four decades George has notched up 8 number one albums in the and 13 number one singles in the UK (including Wham!, Band Aid, and the 'Five Live' EP). In the U.S. he has achieved 2 number one albums and 10 number one singles, with numerous other number one hits throughout the rest of the world. He has performed duets with artists including Aretha Franklin, Elton John, Queen, and Lisa Stansfield, and actively participates in charitable causes, Live Aid and the Freddie Mercury concert for AIDS being just two of the more prominent examples. According to a BBC documentary, George donated more than five million pounds towards various charities. Whilst with Wham!, he donated all the proceeds of 'Last Christmas' (1984) to charity. The single reached number two in the UK and George also performed simultaneously on the number one charity record 'Do They Know It's Christmas?'. George released the single 'December Song' in 2008 as a free download: his hope was that purchasers would donate money to charity. He remained in contact with his Wham! partner and long-time friend Andrew Ridgeley until his death in 2016.  See full bio on IMDb »

George Michael Struggled with Weight Before Death (PHOTOS)

George Michael
Weight Struggle Before Death

George Michael was reclusive and struggling with his weight in the months before his death. These pics were taken in mid-September at a restaurant in England, and it's apparent the singer had… READ MORE >

George Michael Song Plays Explode After Death

George Michael
Song Plays Explode After Death

George Michael's music has gone galactic since his death ... with streams of his solo music skyrocketing by 3,158%. An official from Spotify tells TMZ, the top 5 songs fans have been streaming… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
George Michael Dead at 53

George Michael
Dead at 53

5:45 PM PT -- Sources directly connected with George and in a position to know tell us the singer died from heart failure.  We're told he was sleeping throughout the episode and suffered no… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
Jane Fonda on George Michael -- 'Nothing Lasts Forever' (VIDEO)

Jane Fonda on George Michael
'Nothing Lasts Forever'

Jane Fonda says the passing of George Michael is very sad -- but she couldn't have been more blunt on the topic of death, "Nothing lasts forever." Fonda joined a bunch of huge stars who paid… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
Elton John 'In Deep Shock' Over George Michael's Death

Elton John
'In Deep Shock' Over George Michael's Death

Elton John says he's devastated by the death of his "beloved friend" George Michael -- saying, "I am in deep shock." Elton -- who famously collaborated with George for the 1992 hit, "Don't Let the… READ MORE >

- 448 days ago
Michael Jackson's People Expose Big Stars As Drug Addicts

Michael Jackson
MJ's People Expose Big Stars as Drug Addicts

Michael Jackson's people have just thrown Britney Spears, George Michael, Van Halen, Aerosmith and other big names under a big tour bus, because MJ's people have just labeled them hard-core drug… READ MORE >

- 1585 days ago
George Michael -- OUT OF HOSPITAL ... 2 Weeks After Car Wreck

George Michael
OUT OF HOSPITAL 2 Weeks After Car Wreck

George Michael finally has his freedom ... from a British hospital bed ... where he's spent the last 2 weeks recovering from head injuries sustained in a nasty car wreck.Michael's people released… READ MORE >

- 1754 days ago
George Michael -- Airlifted to Hospital After Car Crash in UK

George Michael
Airlifted to Hospital After Car Crash in UK

George Michael was airlifted to a hospital yesterday after reportedly sustaining a head injury in a single-car accident in England ... but doctors say he's expected to be OK. According to the… READ MORE >

- 1767 days ago
Billy Ray Cyrus -- I Want Your Sex?

Billy Ray Cyrus
I Want Your Sex?

Here's Miley Cyrus' dad Billy Ray Cyrus at the Dodgers game on Wednesday (left) -- and George Michael back in his "Faith"/"I Want Your Sex" days in the late '80s (right).I will be your father… READ MORE >

- 2082 days ago
George Michael -- Pneumonia Nearly Killed Me

George Michael
Pneumonia Nearly Killed Me 'The Worst Month of My Life'

George Michael just showed his face for the first time since being rushed to a Vienna hospital last month with a serious case of pneumonia -- telling reporters, the illness nearly killed… READ MORE >

- 2278 days ago
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