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    Singer George Michael Dies at Age 53

    He was something special. The British singer/songwriter, who sold more than 115 million albums, died “peacefully” at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day of what his longtime manager said was heart failure. Michael, a Londoner, found explosive fame in the early 1980s with Wham! — in 1985, they were the first Western act to perform in China — and later earned solo success with hits like “Faith” and “Father Figure.” Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, he’d been working on a new album and planned to release a documentary in 2017.

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