Heartbroken music fans have been laying floral tributes outside the home of pop legend George Michael, who died peacefully at home on Christmas Day.
The singer has passed away at the age of just 53. George first found fame with the band Wham! before going solo. According to his former manager Michael Lippman, he died in bed as a result of heart failure just before 2pm at his home in Oxfordshire.
One of his greatest ever hits, Last Christmas, which he recorded with Wham has been playing non stop on the radio throughout the festive season, and both his former bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, and fellow music legend and friend Elton John have paid tribute to the talented star.
Andrew tweeted that he was heartbroken, adding that so too were his loved ones, his friends, the world of music and the world at large. Meanwhile, Rocket Man singer Elton posted a message and a picture of the two together on Instagram, along with the heartfelt tribute: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP.”
Music will live on
Boy George also tweeted that he had a beautiful voice and that his music would live on as testament to his great talent.
Since news of his dead broke, fans have been making their way to his two homes in Oxfordshire, and in north London, to leave flowers, light candles, and mourn. Outside his home in Oxfordshire, reindeer Christmas lights could still be seen on his front lawn.
Michael had been due to release a documentary next Year. He shot to fame as part of the band Wham! and had sold more than 100 million albums through his astonishing music career.