Gone too soon, George Michael.

George Michael was one of the most successful modern pop stars in the world. Billboard magazine ranked Michael the 40th most successful artist of All Time. I wasn’t a big fan in his Wham! days, but damn the man could sing a ballad like no one else, short of Freddie Mercury. It seemed that when Queen performed again in tribute to Freddie in 1992, George was the only one worthy to sing “Somebody To Love,” and make it a hit all over again.

While he produced indelible music with Faith and Listen Without Prejudice Vol.1 his personal life and frequent drug convictions overshadowed his future. On 25 December 2016, Michael died at Goring, Oxfordshire, England. His publicist stated that he had “passed away peacefully at home” He was only 53.