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‘Last pictures’ of George Michael: Reclusive singer seen dining with friends months before death

‘Last pictures’ of George Michael: Reclusive singer seen dining with friends months before death

His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm, saying he died at home over the Christmas period

George Michael dines with friends in what is thought to be the last pictures taken on the singer.

The reclusive star was spotted dining at a restaurant in Oxfordshire on September 14 this year.

The former Wham singer “passed away peacefully at home”, it was announced tonight.

His publicist broke the news in a statement issued at 11pm , saying he died over the Christmas period.

George Michael was seen dining with friends (Photo: Splash News)

The pictures were taken in September (Photo: Splash News)

The statement said: “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.

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time.

“There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

The singer died aged 53 (Photo: Splash News)

Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances.

George sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades.

He began as one half of pop duo Wham! – but became famous in his own right with his debut solo single Careless Whisper.

His 1987 debut solo album Faith sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

He achieved seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits in the US.

Last month George was reported to have rekindled his friendship with the man he declared the love of his life, Kenny Goss.

The couple were together for 13 years before the former Wham! Star’s split from the Texan art dealer in 2009.

George Michael and Kenny Goss in 2008 (Photo: Wireimage)

His last tweet was in September, but last month a tweet on his Facebook page said he was “busy putting the finishing touches to his special documentary film ‘Freedom’.”

Musician Nile Rodgers said on Twitter he had visited George just two days ago.

<blockquote class=”twitter-tweet” data-lang=”tr”><p lang=”en” dir=”ltr”><a href=”https://twitter.com/MarkRonson”>@MarkRonson</a&gt; Hey Mark this is so crazy. I was just at his house the morning of the 23rd. So crazy. <a href=”https://twitter.com/hashtag/RIPGeorgeMichael?src=hash”>#RIPGeorgeMichael</a&gt;. <a href=”https://t.co/RTQTEO3UjT”>https://t.co/RTQTEO3UjT</a></p>&mdash; Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) <a href=”https://twitter.com/nilerodgers/status/813171760690589700″>25 Aralık 2016</a></blockquote>
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George nearly died from pneumonia in late 2011.

After receiving treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been “touch and go” whether he lived.

George Michael dies

George Michael pictured in 2010 (Photo: PA)

Source: Mirror UK