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Pop superstar George Michael dies at the age of 53

George Michael's family have been "touched beyond words" by tributes to the late pop star, who died on Christmas day aged 53 from suspected heart failure.

The former Wham! singer's publicist described the wave of reaction to Michael's death as an "incredible outpouring of love".

Michael, who was set to release a documentary in 2017, rose to fame as a member of Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.

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Huge surge in George Michael hit sales

George Michael on stage for Wham's last sell out concert in 1986 Credit: PA

George Michael's death on Christmas Day has sparked a surge in sales of his extensive back catalogue, according to latest chart data.

Ladies & Gentlemen is now number one in the iTunes album chart.

Three further entries covering Michael's solo career and work with boy band Wham! feature in the top 10.

Solo album Twenty Five is at number six, and Wham! records The Final and its deluxe edition feature at five and 10 respectively.

Careless Whisper, one of Michael's best known works, is at number 12 in the singles chart, but likely to move into the top 10 today.

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