First the Drudge Report headlined with Carrie Fisher's massive heart attack. Details of her medical condition remain sketchy. However, actress remains alive.
The cause of death seems to have been heart failure. Five years ago he almost died from pneumonia.
During his career Michael sold about 100 million albums. Here is the coverage from the BBC which the Drudge Report links to.
Amazingly he made the leap from the heartthrob for teenagers to mature performer and song-writer. His good looks could have held him back.
His second leap was from being with Wham! to a solo act in 1987.
No surprise, Michael had his struggle with drugs. That seems to go with the territory of extraordinary musical ability. The main problems were with sleeping pills, designer drug GHB and crack cocaine.
Recovery is difficult in itself. It's even harder when the world tells you every day how special you are. That can lead you to assume that your specialness gives you a free pass when it comes to the consequences of substance abuse.
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