Yesterday, the beloved singer, songwriter, and musical legend George Michael was found dead in his home in Goring, Oxfordshire, England. A police statement reported that "At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious," and Michael's managers, Michael Lippman, told The Hollywood Reporter that the death had been due to heart failure.
Michael made a splash on the international music scene in 1983 when he released his debut album, Fantastic, as part of the musical duo Wham!, with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley. His career, both with Wham! and as a solo artist, included many major awards from both the UK and America and millions upon millions of records and singles sold. Mr. Michael came out as gay in 1998 after being arrested for lewd conduct in a Los Angeles men's room, and had been a proud supporter of AIDS activism and gay rights before and after his arrest.
Today, stars and celebrities around the world grieve the passing of the prolific artists. Below, we've compiled some choice responses to the loss.
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 25, 2016
Oh God no …I love you George …Rest In Peace x
— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) December 26, 2016
Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 25, 2016
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
i bought (& worshipped) Listen Without Prejudice on my 15th birthday. this song readied me for Stevie Wonder... https://t.co/a3gnL9DnfT...
— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
Farewell My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW? pic.twitter.com/aEGIUNSJbt
— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
I don't have it in me anymore to write about our greats. I just knew one day I'd get to work with #GeorgeMichael. Sad Christmas.
— Questlove Gomez (@questlove) December 25, 2016
Our sincerest condolences go out to George Michael’s family, friends, and musical collaborators. He will be missed. pic.twitter.com/GutULGmxFp
— Recording Academy (@RecordingAcad) December 26, 2016
— Duran Duran (@duranduran) December 25, 2016
I can't deal with this. One of my ALL TIME favorites. RIP George Michael and I really hate writing that so much. https://t.co/1cRJBMgYga
— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 25, 2016