The death of George Michael on the one day of the year forever associated with Wham! seems an unaccountably cruel trick on the part of the universe. The singer-songwriter, famous for such hits “Last Christmas”, “Careless Whisper”, “Faith” and “Freedom” died peacefully at home in England this morning, according to his publicist. He was 53. His death is a shock: reports state that he had not been ill.
On social media, Artists and Entertainers have been paying tribute to the musician and gay icon. “I am in deep shock,” posted Elton John on Instagram. “I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans.” Fellow 1980s hearthrob Rob Lowe tweeted “Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them,” while Michael’s former partner in Wham! Andrew Ridgeley tweeted “Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx.”