Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, said Sunday that the cause of death was heart failure. Before Lippmann’s announcement, police had issued a statement calling Michael’s death at his home in Goring, England, “unexplained but not suspicious.”
The singer reached early fame with WHAM! and went on to a solo career lined with controversies and chart-topping hits that blended soul and dance music with daring social and personal commentary.
The loss of Michael continues a year of grief in the music industry, with David Bowie, Prince and Glenn Frey among those dying.