Deon Estus dies aged 65: Wham!'s 'third member' and bassist for George Michael ...

Deon Estus dies aged 65: Wham!'s 'third member' and bassist for George Michael ...
Deon Estus dies aged 65: Wham!'s 'third member' and bassist for George Michael ...
Deon Estus dies aged 65: Wham!'s 'third member' and bassist for George Michael passes away... as Andrew Ridgeley leads tributes for 'lavishly gifted' musician

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Deon Estus - the bassist who played for George Michael and Wham! - has died, aged 65.

A statement on Deon's Twitter page read: '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.'

Sad news: Deon Estus - the bassist who played for George Michael and Wham! - has died, aged 65 [pictured in 1990]

Sad news: Deon Estus - the bassist who played for George Michael and Wham! - has died, aged 65 [pictured in 1990]

It has not been made public how the musician died. 

Deon co-wrote the song Heaven Help Me with George, with his iconic vocals featured on the track, which made the top 5 in 1989 in the US.

Deon also played bass for music legends including Tina Turner, Frank Zappa, George Clinton, Annie Lennox, and Sir Elton John across his career.

Tributes swiftly poured in for the musician, with Wham!'s Andrew Ridgeley penning o Twitter: 'V. sad news today of Deon Estus’ death. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic & impish character & a rock of the WHAM! rhythm section.

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