Musicians from across the world remember the star.
Artists including Elton John have paid tribute to George Michael, whose death at the age of 53 was announced yesterday (December 25).
The former Wham! singer and solo artist “passed away peacefully at home,” according to his publicist, and police are not treating the death as suspicious.
Michael’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley said that he was “heartbroken” over his death.
Elton John, who collaborated with Michael on the 1992 song ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ said on Instagram that he was “in deep shock” over the death of his friend.
Contemporaries including Duran Duran, Alison Moyet, Gary Numan, Pet Shop Boys and ABC’s Martin Fry also took to social media to express their sadness, with Moyet calling him “a gentle, unassuming soul,” while Brian Wilson said that he was a “very talented musician and singer.”
El-P, The Black Madonna, Jackmaster, Caroline Polachek, Disclosure and Machinedrum also paid tribute to Michael following the news of his death.
Limp Bizkit frontman Fred Durst, who covered Michael’s 1987 single ‘Faith’, paid tribute on Instagram.
LGBT rights charity Stonewall said: “You inspired many and your music will live on in the hearts of the community. You will be sorely missed.”