The late star was a comic genius as well as a musical one.
George Michael fans are campaigning for a special memorial bench near his home on Hampstead Heath – the same bench that appeared in the 2007 Christmas Special of Extras, in which Michael made a cameo.
Superfan Tony Antoniou has launched an online petition to persuade the City of London Corporation, which manages the heath, “to place a commemorative bench to pay tribute to George Michael.”
“It’s the least they can do as this was his favourite and local park,” says Antoniou.
The ‘Careless Whisper’ artist appeared as himself in the 2007 Extras Christmas Special and can be seen pulling up to “the waiting bench” – a famous cruising hotspot – and asking Ricky Gervais’ character Andy Millman whether he’s seen “any action.”
Michael tells Millman to “keep an eye out for paparazzi” as he spends a lunch break from community service in the park, explaining that he received the punishment for fly-tipping Annie Lennox’s fridge-freezer, before telling Gervais: “Sting called the fucking council because he’s a fucking do-gooder.”
Earlier this month, fans launched a petition calling for a statue outside Michael’s home in Highgate, just around the corner from the park, “to honour of the music and songs he wrote for all his fans and for being an anonymous philanthropist to his community and various charities.”
George Michael passed away on December 25 2016 aged 53. A post-mortem to investigate his cause of death came back inconclusive. It has since been revealed that Michael had made a documentary about his second solo album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 prior to his death.
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