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George Michael funeral: Singer laid to rest during private ceremony

George Michael has been laid to rest during a private ceremony with his family and close friends.

In a statement released on Wednesday, his family thanked fans from across the world for their messages of love and support.

The former Wham! star died in December last year at the age of 53.

A statement released on behalf of the family read: "We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved Son, Brother and Friend.

"George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support.

"We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion.

"No further details will be released."

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