Deon Estus dead – Wham! & George Michael bassist dies aged 65 as stars pay tribute to ‘Brit band’s third member’

WHAM! bass player Deon Estus has died at the age of 65.

The musician – hailed as “the third member of Wham!” – passed away on Monday, with the news confirmed on his official Twitter page.

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Bassist Deon Estus has died at the age of 65Credit: Getty

“It is with real sadness I post that Deon Estus passed away,” the tribute reads.

“Deon was mostly known as the third member of Wham!

“Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans.”

Deon also performed as bassist on George Michael’s first two solo projects.

Shirlie Kemp, who performed with Wham! with Pepsi DeMacque, described Deon as a “lovely man” in a touching tribute.

She wrote on Twitter: “Shocked to hear the passing of such a lovely man.

“Spent so many years with Deon touring with Wham. God Bless..RIP”

This is a developing story…

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