Wham! bassist Deon Estus died 65 years old

Deon Estus, best known for playing bass for pop band Wham! From the 1980s, is dead. He was 65.

“It is with real sadness that I send that Deon Estus died this morning,” read a post from the musician’s Twitter account on Monday. “Deon was best known as the third member of Wham!”

mail continued: “Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans.”

No cause of death was given. A source told Fox News that he died of heart complications and clarified that he died on Sunday as opposed to Monday, as the tweet suggested.

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Estus’ partner Brenda Kaye Pierce also shared a message of grief on Facebook on Monday.

“My boyfriend, closest partner and significant other for 4 years changed, and all I can remember is our last conversation the day before,” she wrote. “My heart needs time to heal. RIP Deon. Love you forever.”

Wham! consisted primarily of singers George Michael, who died in 2016, and Andrew Ridgeley.

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Ridgeley, 58, posted on Twitter after the news broke.

Deon Estus, singer and Wham!  bassist, has died at the age of 65 years.

Deon Estus, singer and Wham! bassist, has died at the age of 65 years.
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“[Very] sad news today about the death of Deon Estus. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic and innocent character and a rock from WHAM! rhythm section, ” he said. “He lives big in memory, he radiated warmth, humor and the enlightening light of life, my deeply felt reports go out to his family.”

Estus had his own hit, “Heaven Help Me”, which landed in the top five on the Billboard Hot 100 in April 1989 per. Outlet. Michael produced, co-wrote and provided backup vocals for the track.

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Estus’ only solo album came in the form of “Spell” in 1989 and contained “Heaven Help Me” as well as the title track and “Me Or The Rumors”.

Wham !, on the other hand, was known for pop hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go”, “Last Christmas” and “Everything She Wants.”

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Billboard reports that he worked with several other music legends such as Tina Turner, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa and Annie Lennox.

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