After dying without heirs of his own, it is thought that pop superstar George Michael has left his £100 million estate to his godchildren.
The Wham! singer died suddenly, but peacefully, from heart failure on Christmas Day, and was found by his heartbroken partner Fadi Fawaz.
The singer, who had become increasingly reclusive in recent weeks, was godparent to a number of his celebrity friend’s offspring and his believed to have left them each a share of his music industry fortune.
He was godfather to Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp’s two children, Roman and Harley. George was the one who introduced his Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman to Martin – and the couple got married in 1988.
Martin posted a moving message on Twitter, saying that his whole family was heartbroken. Roman also paid tribute, saying that Michael was his mum’s best friend, adding: “The man who introduced my parents; who forced my mum to call my dad. The man that took me and Harley around the world; just to see us smile.”
The star is also widely anticipated to leave a sum to former Spice Girl Geri Horner’s daughter Bluebell, who although was not his godchild, was the goddaughter of his former boyfriend Kenny Goss, who was often described as the love of his life.
Others set to be named in his will are his older sisters Melanie and Yioda as well as his boyfriend Fadi. George was also godfather to his counsin Andros’ two youngsters.
The singer was also renowned for his generosity to charities, supporting Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan cancer Support among others. He has built up his large fortune not just from royalties from previous songs, including Last Christmas, but from private performances over the last few years. He also owns four properties – two in England, one in the US and one in Australia.