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He was a guitar hero.
George Michael and Vam !, legendary bassist Deon Estus died Monday at the age of 65. The musician’s death has been confirmed He announced this on his official Twitter pagealthough they did not disclose the cause of his death.
“Unfortunately, I think Deon Estus died this morning,” the report said. “Deon is mostly known as the third member of the band Wham! Deon loved to socialize with his passionate and loyal fans of music.”
Music brand partner Brenda Kaye Pierce also shared the tragic news in a Facebook post and wrote: “My dearest, closest partner and most important partner in 4 years has passed and what I can remember is our previous conversation. It will take time to heal my heart. RIP Deon. I will love you for a lifetime. “
Estus – Jeffery Dean Estus, born in 1956 in Detroit – “Wham!” and George Michael. The bass performer remembered Michael on the Faith tour from 1988 to 1989, and continued to play bass with his band until the British pop star tragically died in 2016.
Estus also collaborated with Michael on the hit “Heaven Helps Me,” which peaked at number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in April of that year and appeared on Spell Bassist’s only studio album in 1989.
Throughout her popular career, Estus has played with many icons of the music world, including Marvin Gay, Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Frank Zappa and Elton John.
The music world has gathered on social media to celebrate the life of the great guitarist.
“V. Today is the sad news of the death of Deon Estus. Andrew Ridgeley wrote. Wham founder! “Very talented bass guitarist, charismatic and disgusting character and WHAM rock! Rhythm department.”
He added: “He lives great in memory, he spread warmth, humor and a bright light of life, my sincere condolences to my family.”
Wow! supporting singer and Pepsi & Shirlie member Shirley Kemp also invited her on Twitter condolences, writing: “I was shocked to hear that such a lovely man had died. He spent so many years on tour with Deon Wham. God forbid .. RIP.”
“RIP to live pioneer Deon Estus” wrote New Orleans artist DJ Soul Sister. “Many know him as an integral, veterinary bassist with Wham and George Michael. I know him as the killer young bassist of Brainstorm … in 78 and ’79.”
“In recent years, he has been a favorite member of the reunited Switch,” he added. “Let him have a good rest.”