The tragic news was confirmed on Estus' official Twitter page on Monday (11Oct21), with a post reading, "It is with real sadness I post that Deon Estus passed away this morning. Deon was mostly known as the third member of Wham! Deon was passionate about music and loved interacting with his loyal fans."
A cause of death has yet to be revealed.
Estus' partner Brenda Kaye Pearce added in a tribute on Facebook, "My dearest, closest partner and significant other of 4 years transitioned and all I can remember is our last conversation the day before. My heart will need time to heal. R.I.P. Deon. Love you forever."
Following news of his death, Wham! backing singer Shirlie Kemp wrote, "Shocked to hear the passing of such a lovely man. Spent so many years with Deon touring with Wham. God Bless... RIP."
Wham! co-founder Andrew Ridgeley penned, "V. sad news today of Deon Estus' death. A lavishly gifted bass guitarist, a charismatic & impish character & a rock of the WHAM! rhythm section. He lives large in the memory, he radiated warmth, humour & life's illuminating light, my heartfelt commiserations go out to his family."