Hollywood Pays Tribute to George Michael
"You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you."
Singer-songwriter George Michael died at home of heart failure, his manager confirmed Sunday.
According to his longtime manager Michael Lippman, the English singer, songwriter and record producer who rose to fame with the group Wham! in the 1980s was found on Christmas morning.
"We join millions of fans in mourning the untimely passing of this towering talent. He was the epitome of the consummate pop star, a singer/songwriter who enthralled the world, always keeping us guessing where his music would take us next," said Jon Platt, CEO of his publisher Warner/Chappell Music, in a statement Sunday. "His music will entertain, move, comfort and inspire people for generations to come. We will miss you. Rest In Peace, George."
Many others, from Elton John and Paul McCartney to Boy George, took to social media to post their reactions and memories of the star.
"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist," posted John early Monday morning.
"George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death," posted McCartney on Twitter. "Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self-deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable."
In a statement posted via his Twitter account, Boy George said: "I am thinking of @GeorgeMichael's family, friends and fans right now. He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can't believe he is gone. I hope the Buddha will hold him in his arms. NMRK."
Madonna took to Twitter late Sunday night to say, "farewell my friend" and ask if 2016 can "f— off now" after saying, "another great artist leaves us."
See his friends, fans and the fellow musicians who have taken to social media to mourn the performer below.
God didn't give it, you did my old friend.— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016
Cleft with grief.
A xx https://t.co/yPzbB3rDGE
@GeorgeMichael was one of the best singer song writer of my time. He was an inspiration for me. Rip— Cyndi Lauper (@cyndilauper) December 26, 2016
George Michael You were such an inspiration. I'm honored to have not only been your fan, but a friend as well. May you rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/jJKSz22fHH— Mariah Carey (@MariahCarey) December 26, 2016
Farewell My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW? pic.twitter.com/aEGIUNSJbt— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016
So sad to hear about George Michael. Amazing talent and good man. RIP #GeorgeMichael— Sheryl Crow (@SherylCrow) December 26, 2016
George Michael— Boy George (@BoyGeorge) December 26, 2016
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa— James Corden (@JKCorden) 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
George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016
George Michael RIP. Your music lifted our spirits. Your heart was pure. Sad. You will be missed.— Goldie Hawn (@goldiehawn) December 26, 2016
So saddened to hear about the passing of George Michael today. He was a truly gifted singer and a musical inspiration. #RIPGeorgeMichael— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 25, 2016
Is this year over yet? Too many people are passing away. Rest In Peace, George Michael.— William Shatner (@WilliamShatner) December 25, 2016
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
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
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
Come on 2016 this is getting ridiculous. RIP George Michael https://t.co/Z2GpiLl9um— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) December 25, 2016
Rest In Peace George Michael. Thank you for "Faith".— Estelle (@EstelleDarlings) December 25, 2016
2016. Really? REALLY?! George Michael?! Unbelievably sad.— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) December 25, 2016
Oh my god. RIP George Michael. So very sad. What a terrible year.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 25, 2016
George Michael RIP damn https://t.co/jG7LNN5sXz— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 25, 2016
So sorry to hear of the passing of George Michael. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans.— Gloria Gaynor (@gloriagaynor) December 25, 2016
Wow. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/sVgRYnfm6J— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael. Gone too soon.— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 25, 2016
Sad to hear about George Michael's passing. He was a big inspiration. https://t.co/uUmnuHOkVc— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael— Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) December 25, 2016
Another beautiful voice gone too soon. #ripgeorgemichael— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 26, 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
So sad to hear about George Michael.The sound of a generation.He inspired CarpoolKaraoke when he filmed this with us https://t.co/accTBXlkXw— Ben Winston (@benwinston) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael. So good-humoured and self-deprecating when he joined us in Extras. 2016 just won't give us a break— Stephen Merchant (@StephenMerchant) December 26, 2016
Who sang more beautifully than George Michael?— ABFoundation (@ABFalecbaldwin) December 26, 2016
absolutely devastated about george michael. what a fucked up way to end this year. rest in peace my friend....— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) December 26, 2016
Thank you for the music, magic and memories. #RIPgeorgemichael— kylie minogue (@kylieminogue) December 26, 2016
& celebrate one of the most magical, talented, bravest & important figures in music & life as I know it. Your music & message will live on..— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) December 26, 2016
I would not be the artist I am if it wasn't for you. @GeorgeMichael— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) December 26, 2016
I feel very sad and shocked to hear the news about George Michael today..— Annie Lennox (@AnnieLennox) December 26, 2016
He meant such a lot to the millions of... https://t.co/7DUy6IT3pl
Oh God no …I love you George …Rest In Peace x— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) December 26, 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