He is 65 years old.
In addition to performing and touring with Wham!, Estus has also collaborated with Tina Turner, Annie Lennox, Elton John, Aaron Neville and other artists. His single “Heaven Help Me” also reached No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1989, including the lead singer of George Michael.
On Tuesday, Andrew Ridgeley, who played guitar and sang backing vocals in Wham!, paid tribute to Estus, calling him “a talented bass guitarist, a charismatic and naughty character, and a rocker in the rhythm part of WHAM!.”
Richley added: “He lives in memory. He exudes warmth, humor and life. I express my heartfelt sympathy to his family.”
Michael died in 2016 and has a verified Twitter account maintained by Sony Music.
“We are sad to hear that our friend Deon Estus has passed away,” wrote on the page. “Deon is not only a talented bassist, but also a much loved and cherished member of the Wham! and George music family. People will miss his wonderful spirit and talent very much. Rest in peace Deon.”