Published Dec 25, 2016 at 7:11 PM | Updated at 8:14 PM EST on Dec 25, 2016
British pop star George Michael rose to fame as half of the boy band Wham!, then maintained a storied and, at times, controversial career before dying at age 53 in December 2016. He was famous for songs like "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," ''Young Guns (Go For It)" and "Faith." He performed at the 2012 Olympics in London, in front of a home crowd of Britons. Here is a look back at some of the major points of his career.