BREAKING: George Michael dead at 53 (UPDATED)

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 30May2016

Photo: Anthony Moretti, 30May2016

1st UPDATE: 7:21 p.m. EST: The New York Times offers a retrospective on Michael’s life.

ORIGINAL POST: The Associated Press has details.

Michael enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” ”Young Guns (Go For It)” and “Freedom.”

As a solo artist, he developed into a more serious singer and songwriter, lauded by critics for his tremendous vocal range.

No cause of death has yet been released.

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