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Family of George Michael ‘extremely upset’ at leaked emergency call

LONDON: The family of George Michael is "extremely upset" that a recording of an emergency call about the singer on the day he died at his southern England home was leaked to the press, lawyers said. "George's family and friends are extremely upset and truly appalled that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked," said a statement by the family's lawyers, cited by the BBC. The statement came two days after The Sun newspaper published a recording of a 999 call allegedly made on…

Adele wins big at Grammys with five awards

LOS ANGELES: Adele on Sunday triumphed once again at the Grammys with five awards for her latest blockbuster album of ballads, but she paid glowing tribute to her rival Beyonce, calling her an idol. The English balladeer swept up the top prizes of the night at the music industry's biggest night -- Album, Record and Song of the Year. Beyonce walked away with two trophies. And in a sentimental homage to late rock icon David Bowie, his final album "Blackstar" earned five awards, including four posthumous prizes for the…

Prince, George Michael to get Grammy tributes

LOS ANGELES: Prince and George Michael will be honored at the Grammy Awards on Sunday with separate tributes, but organizers did not say on Wednesday which musicians will perform them. Recording Academy President Neil Portnow said "Purple Rain" singer Prince, and British star Michael, who both died suddenly in 2016, were "pop icons who showcased rare musical genius and otherworldly charisma." "The passings of two such creative innovators were a huge loss for the creative community; The Recording Academy is humbled to…

George Michael autopsy ‘inconclusive’, more tests needed: British police

LONDON: ┬áThe cause of singer George Michael's death this week is unclear after an initial autopsy and more tests are needed, British police said on Friday. British singer Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist, died at his home in southern England on Sunday. He was 53. "A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday as part of the investigation into the death of George Michael," Thames Valley police said. "The cause of death is…

British pop star George Michael dies aged 53

LONDON: British pop star George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday. "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," the publicist said in a statement. Thames Valley Police said the ambulance service had attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire, where the singer lived, at 1342 GMT on Sunday and a 53-year-old…