Why are so many celebrities dying in 2016? George Michael and Rick Parfitt join long list of our best-loved stars

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A host of well-loved stars have died in the past eight months, including music legend Prince, comedy star Victoria Wood, superstar David Bowie and actor Alan Rickman

As we reach the end of the year, 2016 will go down as one that has seen a host of well-loved stars pass away.

Legendary singer George Michael tragically died “peacefully” on Christmas Day aged just 53, his publicist announced.

The police and ambulance service were called to his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm.

The sad news was broken in a short statement issued at 11pm by Michael Lippman, which said: “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.

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