Just minutes after news broke of George Michael’s passing on Christmas Day, fans started amassing outside the singer’s home in London.
Throughout Dec. 26, flowers and tributes continued to be laid outside the house in the upmarket neighbourhood of Highgate, also home to British celebrities such as Kate Moss, as well wishers, many in tears, gathered to pay their respects.
Although there was a security guard posted outside, the property itself was empty, as Michael died of heart failure in his countryside home in the small village of Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire, where cards and flowers were also laid.
Michael had been a resident of Highgate for many years (he was born in Edgware, about a 20-minute drive north). It was here where in 2011 he made a tearful appearance outside his house after nearly succumbing to pneumonia, telling people it had been “touch and go.” Just a year earlier, he was famously arrested nearby after crashing his Land Rover into a local photography store.
To commemorate the incident, a fan on Monday reportedly wrote the word ‘WHAM’ on the spot where his car had hit the shop.
Over the past few weeks, TV crews had been seen at Michael’s Highgate home to record a documentary produced by Sony Music Entertainment UK about the star.
Entitled Freedom, the film features interviews with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liam Gallagher and James Corden and had been picked up by Showtime for broadcast in 2017. According to the final post on Michael’s official Instagram page, published seven weeks ago, Freedom is due to air in March, coinciding with the reissue of the album Listen Without Prejudice.