Iconic pop singer George Michael died on Sunday at the age of 53.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period,” his publicist told the BBC in a statement.
News of his death was met with an outpouring of emotion as celebrities and those who knew him took to Twitter to express their grief.
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
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
GEORGE MICHAEL WHAT!?!?!!?!?!!?— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) December 25, 2016
other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 26, 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
Very sad to hear that George Michael passed. He was a very talented musician and singer. Love & mercy to his family, friends and fans.— Brian Wilson (@BrianWilsonLive) December 25, 2016
When "Freedom" comes on you stop what you are doing and turn that shit up. Every. Single. Time. Rest In Peace George Michael.— Leslie Grossman (@MissLeslieG) December 26, 2016
George Michael.— christina applegate (@1capplegate) December 25, 2016
I never told him (mainly because I thought I'd freak him out) but #georgemichael has always been such an influence on me. As a child, his was the first voice I could pick out of the sea of voices I heard on the radio. Before I knew anything about him, I knew his voice. As an adult, I cried when I saw him in concert. His songs and his voice helped to teach me how to sing. I will forever regret not letting him know...Thank you, George, for giving the world your gifts...may you rest in peace.
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