“It’s with actual disappointment I publish that Deon Estus handed away This Morning,” learn a publish from the musician’s Twitter account on Monday. “Deon was principally generally known as the third member of Wham!”
The post continued: “Deon was obsessed with music and cherished interacting together with his loyal followers.”
No reason for loss of life was offered. A supply advised Fox Information that he died of coronary heart problems, and clarified that he died on Sunday versus Monday, because the tweet advised.
Estus’ companion Brenda Kaye Pierce additionally shared a message of mourning on Fb on Monday.
“My dearest, closest companion and vital different of 4 years transitioned and all I can bear in mind is our final dialog the day earlier than,” she wrote. “My coronary heart will want time to heal. R.I.P. Deon. Love you perpetually.”
Wham! was primarily comprised of singers George Michael, who handed away in 2016, and Andrew Ridgeley.
Ridgeley, 58, posted on Twitter after the information broke.
“[Very] unhappy information right this moment of Deon Estus’ loss of life. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic & impish character & a rock of the WHAM! rhythm part,” he said. “He lives giant within the reminiscence, he radiated heat, humour & life’s illuminating mild, my heartfelt commiserations exit to his household.”
Estus had successful of his personal, “Heaven Assist Me,” which landed within the prime 5 on the Billboard Sizzling 100 in April 1989, per the outlet. Michael produced, co-wrote and offered backup vocals for the observe.
Estus’ solely solo album got here within the type of “Spell” in 1989 and featured “Heaven Assist Me” in addition to the title observe and “Me Or The Rumors.”
Wham!, then again, was identified for pop hits like “Wake Me Up Earlier than You Go-Go,” “Final Christmas” and “All the things She Desires.”
Billboard studies that he labored with a number of different music legends like Tina Turner, Elton John, Marvin Gaye, Frank Zappa and Annie Lennox.