The world lost a musical legend on Christmas when George Michael passed away in his sleep, aged 53. Michael left in his wake a remarkable career spanning more than 30 years. With his charming good looks, outspoken nature and flamboyant stage antics, the co-founder of Wham! was, in many ways, his generation’s Freddy Mercury. Michael truly wrapped up his enormous talent in positive music that touched the lives of many throughout the years.

We’re still at a loss for words here at eniGma, so we’ve decided to let images from his long, illustrious career do the talking for us.

10 images that sum up Michael’s successful career:

Pop duo Wham! was founded in 1981
George Michael & Andrew Ridgeley formed Wham! in 1981

 

Wham! in 1984
Wham! released their popular “Careless Whisper” single in 1984

 

Wham! at China
In 1985, Wham! were the first western group to be invited to perform in China

 

Wham!
Despite their massive success, Wham! broke up in 1986 to pursue solo careers

 

George Michael & Aretha Franklin
Michael kicked off his solo career by participating in a duet with one of his biggest musical influences, Aretha Franklin, in 1987

 

Michael
Michael became embroiled in a public dispute with Sony following disappointing sales of his 1990 album, “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1”

 

Michael participated in a Freddy Mercury tribute concert in 1992

 

George Michael & Elton John
After a brief period of absence from the limelight, Michael returned in 1994 with the release of his single, “Jesus to a Child”

 

Michael returned to the spotlight in 2004 after the release of his critically acclaimed album, “Patience”

 

George Michael during his last tour, 2011’s “Symphonica”