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George Michael’s unrecognisable ’last pictures’ emerge months before his tragic death on Christmas Day

GEORGE Michael looked unrecognisable in what is thought to be the final pictures taken before his tragic death.

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George Michael’s last known photographs were taken back in September

The Faith singer was pictured in a restaurant in September in Oxford just months before passing away from suspected “heart failure”.

The Wham! singer is said to have "died peacefully at home" at the age of 53, according to his publicist.

George was born in Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, north London and sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.
In a statement, the star’s publicist said: "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.

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George Michael of Wham! performs on stage at the National Exhibition Centre in 1985

"The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time.
“There will be no further comment at this stage."

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.
Police say there were no suspicious circumstances.

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George Michael died of suspected heart failure

And after millions of condolences poured out for the music legend, his long-time manager has reportedly confirmed how he passed.
Michael Lippman said his cause of death was suspected heart failure, according to the Associated Press.

Tributes have poured in the the Wham! singer, whose career spanned almost 40 years.
Kym marsh lead the way, tweeting: "2016 has taken too many away from us. RIP George Michael x."

While singer Alison Moyet added: "I met George Michael a few times & he was ever a gentle, unassuming soul.A rare presence in a world full of self.
"Honest, genuine talent."

This Morning host Eamonn Holmes wrote: "Unbelievable re George Michael. Played that song today little knowing that it would actually be his Last Christmas. So sad. Gone too soon."
And Gary Linekar added: "No, not George Michael as well. Another musical great leaves us this year. 2016 can just sod off. #RIPGeorge."

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George Michael’s fans rushed to pay their respects

In 2011, Michael postponed a series of concerts after being taken to hospital for treatment for pneumonia.

After treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been "touch and go" whether he lived.

Doctors were said to have performed a tracheotomy to keep his airways open and he was unconscious for some of his spell in hospital.

Our thoughts are with George’s family, friends and fans at this difficult time

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