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 pain.
One of Michael’s principal reps tell TMZ the singer had not been ill, and had been working on a Showtime movie of his life that was set to air in England next March.
George Michael passed away at his home in England at the age of 53 … his rep confirms.
A rep for the pop star says, “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.”
George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz says he found the singer “dead peacefully in bed” on Christmas morning.
Michael had been linked to the celebrity hairstylist for years — though they reportedly kept their relationship on the down low.
But on Monday, Fawaz described Michael as his partner in a statement he posted on Twitter.
“ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx.”
George was a music legend — and sold more than 100 MILLION albums during his career.
Michael launched his career with WHAM! in the’80s — churning out hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” and “Careless Whisper.”
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 Monday are:
1. “Last Christmas”
2. “Careless Whisper”
4. “Freedom! ’90”
5. “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”
Spotify compared Monday’s numbers with the date from the same period Sunday, before Michael’s death was revealed.