Deon Estus’ death was announced in a statement on his Twitter page today. It reads: “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”.
His cause of death is currently unknown.
Tributes have flooded in for the late musician on social media today.
Martin Kemp shared a picture of him on his Twitter page alongside the message: “Farewell my friend @DeonEstus Mr Club Tropicana…
“His bass playing helped create the sound of the 80s… A brilliant talent… RIP Deon.”
His wife Shirlie, who found fame in Wham!, added: “Shocked to hear the passing of such a lovely man.
“Spent so many years with Deon touring with Wham. God Bless… RIP @DeonEstus.”
DJ Soul Sister shared various snaps of Deon throughout his career.
She wrote: “RIP to soulful pioneer Deon Estus. Many know him as the integral, vet bassist w/Wham and George Michael.
“I know him as the killer young bassist with Brainstorm (3rd from right) in ‘78 & ‘79.
“In recent years, he was a beloved added member of the reunited Switch. May he rest well.”
More to follow…