Deon Estus is no longer alive – Wham! & George Michael’s bassist dies at the age of 65, prompting celebrities to pay tribute to the ‘third member of the British band.’
WHAM! Deon Estus, a bass musician, died at the age of 65.
The artist, who was dubbed “the third member of Wham!” by his fans, died on Monday, according to his official Twitter page.
On Twitter, Andrew Ridgeley, half of the pop group Wham!, paid tribute to the “lavishly brilliant bass guitarist.”
The 58-year-old added, “V. sad news of Deon Estus’ passing today.”
“A lavishly accomplished bass guitarist, a personable and mischievous guy, and the WHAM! rhythm section’s rock.”
“He left an indelible impression on me; he exuded warmth, laughter, and life’s lighting light; my heartfelt condolences go out to his family.”
Deon’s official Twitter feed revealed the news of his demise.
“It is with great sadness that I inform you that Deon Estus has passed away,” says the tribute.
“Deon was best recognized as Wham’s third member!”
Deon was a music fanatic who enjoyed communicating with his adoring fans.”
Deon also contributed to George Michael’s first two solo albums as a bassist.
In a heartfelt homage, Shirlie Kemp, who sang background vocals for Wham! with Pepsi DeMacque, hailed Deon as a “wonderful man.”
“Shocked to hear the passing of such a great man,” she posted on Twitter.
“I spent so many years touring with Deon with Wham.” “May God continue to bless you..RIP.” Deon has collaborated with several legendary musicians over his career, including Marvin Gaye, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, and Elton John.
A multi-talented bassist, a charming and mischievous personality, and a cornerstone of the WHAM! rhythm section
Deon was born in 1956 in Detroit, Michigan, and joined the R&B band Brainstorm as a teenager while attending Northwestern High School.
The group released two albums, one of which was a smash, Popcorn.
He was invited to join UK pop superstar Wham! and toured with them in China once his bass talents were discovered.
Deon afterwards accompanied George Michael on his Faith tour and remained a member of his band until his death on Christmas Day of 2016.
Deon’s solo album Spell was published in 1989, and the single Heaven Help Me reached number five on the Billboard Hot 100.
Michael contributes backing vocals to the song.
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