George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! perform on the Solid Gold during their first American television appearance, on Nov. 12, 1982.
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! perform on Solid Gold during their first American television appearance, on Nov. 12, 1982.Ron Wolfson—Getty Images
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham! perform on the Solid Gold during their first American television appearance, on Nov. 12, 1982.
George Michael performs with Wham! on Oct. 1, 1983.
Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael of Wham! perform in London in 1984.
George Michael in Sydney, Australia, Jan. 1985.
George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham!, with two fans during their 1985 world tour, in Japan, Jan. 1985.
George Michael attends the BRIT Awards in London, on Feb. 11, 1985.
George Michael performs with Bob Geldof and Bono as part of Live Aid in London, on July 13, 1985.
George Michael at the American Music Awards, on Jan. 27, 1986.
George Michael in London, 1987.
George Michael performs with Boy George and The Police's Andy Summers at an AIDS awareness concert in London, April 1987.
George Michael in 1988.
George Michael at a press conference in Japan, March 1988.
George Michael during the Japanese/Australian leg of his Faith World Tour in 1988.
George Michael during the 1989 MTV Video Music Awards in Los Angeles, on Sept. 9, 1989.
George Michael performs at Wembley Arena in London, on March 22, 1991.
Princess Diana speaks with George Michael at The World Aids Day Annual "Concert of Hope" at Wembley Arena in London on Dec. 1 1993.
George Michael and Stevie Wonder perform during the 1997 VH1 Honors in Los Angeles, on Sept. 6, 1997.
George Michael and Geri Halliwell during the Equality Rocks Concert at RFK Stadium in Washington, D.C., on April 29, 2000.
George Michael and partner Kenny Goss at the Versace Couture launch party in Paris, on July 9, 2002.
George Michael in Berlin, on Feb. 16, 2005.
George Michael and Paul McCartney perform at Live 8 in London, on July 2, 2005.
George Michael and Elton John attend a charity performance benefiting the Elton John AIDS Foundation in London, on Nov. 6, 2011.
Adele accepts the Best Album award from George Michael during the BRIT Awards at the O2 Arenain London, on Feb. 21, 2012.
George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium in London, on Aug. 12, 2012.
George Michael performs at the Royal Albert Hall in London, on Sept. 29, 2012.
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See Photos from the Career of Late Pop Star George Michael

Dec 25, 2016

Pop icon George Michael passed away Dec. 25 at his home in Goring-on-Thames, England, according to his publicist.

Originally part of the duo Wham! with school friend Andrew Ridgeley, Michael later broke out as a solo artist with 1987's Faith, which went on to sell over 25 million copies and earned a Grammy for Album of the Year in 1989. Songs like "Faith" and "Freedom! '90" established him as one of the most stylish, soulful and best loved artists of the 1980s and 1990s.

TIME looks back at Michael's life in photos.

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