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Deon Estus dead: Wham! and George Michael bassist dead aged 65

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.”

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