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.
British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France, Sept. 9, 2012.
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English singer and musician George Michael, circa 1988.
British singer George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.
British rock star George Michael performs in concert in March 1991.
The British pop duo Wham!, Andrew Ridgeley on guitar and George Michael on vocals, performs during a concert in Peking, China, April 7, 1985.
British singer George Michael leaves his house in north London, Dec. 23, 2011. George Michael, short of breath and appearing weak, said he has recovered from a life-threatening bout with pneumonia that kept him in a Vienna hospital for a month.
British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France, Sept. 9, 2012.
Pop star George Michael, then age 30, outside the Royal Courts of Justice in London, Oct. 18, 1993, at the start of his court action against Sony Music Entertainment (UK) Ltd. Michael sued to have his 1988 contract with Sony, which could have run for another 12 to 15 years, declared unenforceable.
George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Aug. 12, 2012, in London.