Wham! and George Michael bassist Deon Estus has died at the age of 65.
Deon‘s death has been met with great sadness across the music industry.
He was a highly regarded bassist for Wham!, and joined the band in the 1980’s before becoming a member of George Michael‘s band when he pursued his solo career.
He also performed with Elton John, Marvin Gaye and Tina Turner.
His cause of death has yet to be confirmed.
Deon‘s official Twitter announced the news on Tuesday.
It is with real sadness I post that Deon Estus passed away This Morning. Deon was mostly known as the third member of Wham! Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans.#onlyloveisreal @billboard @RollingStone @BBCBreaking pic.twitter.com/uGje66JDTa
— Deon Estus (@DeonEstus) October 11, 2021
Fellow Wham! member and co-founder, Andrew Ridgeley, also took to social media to pay his respects.
V. sad news today of Deon Estus’ death. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic & impish character & a rock of the WHAM! rhythm section. He lives large in the memory, he radiated warmth, humour & life’s illuminating light, my heartfelt commiserations go out to his family.
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) October 12, 2021
Rest in Peace, Deon.
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