Deon Estus, known for playing bass in the 1980s pop group Wham !, has passed away. He was 65 years old.
“It is with real sadness that I publish that Deon Estus died this morning,” read a message from the musician’s Twitter account on Monday. “Deon was best known as the third member of Wham!
The pole continued, “Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans. “
No cause of death was provided. A source told Fox News he died of heart complications and clarified that he died on Sunday rather than Monday, as the tweet suggested.
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Estus’ partner Brenda Kaye Pierce also shared a grieving post on Facebook on Monday.
“My dearest and closest partner and 4 year old partner made the transition and all I can remember is our last conversation from the day before,” she wrote. “My heart will need time to heal. RIP Deon. I love you forever. “
Pan! consisted mainly of singers George Michael, who died in 2016, and Andrew Ridgeley.
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Ridgeley, 58, posted on Twitter after the news broke.
« [Very] sad news today of the death of Deon Estus. A gifted bass player, a charismatic & mischievous character & a WHAM rock! rhythm section ”, he said. “He lives big in memory, he radiated warmth, humor and the illuminating light of life, my sincere sympathies go out to his family. “
Estus had his own hit, “Heaven Help Me,” which landed in the top five of the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1989, according to the outlet. Michael produced, co-wrote and provided backing vocals for the track.
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Estus’ only solo album came in the form of “Spell” in 1989 and included “Heaven Help Me” as well as the title track and “Me Or The Rumors”.
Wham !, on the other hand, was known for his pop hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Last Christmas” and “Everything She Wants”.
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Billboard reports that he has worked with several other music legends like Tina Turner, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa and Annie Lennox.
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