Elton John, Ricky Gervais and More Pay Tribute to George Michael
Friends and fans are pouring their hearts out and paying respects after news came on Christmas that George Michael had died.
The iconic singer — best known for his success in the early ’80s with Wham! and then a solo career that kicked off with the hit, “Careless Whisper” — died on Sunday at his home in London. He was 53.
Michael’s good friend, Elton John, took to Instagram to honor the late singer.
“I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist,” John wrote alongside a photo of him and Michael. “My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP.”
British actor Ricky Gervaias was one of the first to post on social media, where he alluded to how difficult 2016 has been. “Unbelievable,” he tweeted. “RIP George Michael.”
And supermodel Linda Evangelista, who starred in the music video for Michael’s iconic “Freedom! ’90,” shared a black-and-white photo with the singer on Instagram.
“I am beyond heartbroken and devastated by another tragic loss,” she captioned the pic. “R.I.P. dearest Georgy.”
See how other stars have reacted to the news:
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
#RIPGeorgeMichael. You were an absolute genius. My sincerest condolences go out to your family, David, Michael and your whole team
— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) 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
God Bless George Michael , Say a prayer for him . A nice human .
— Meat Loaf (@RealMeatLoaf) December 25, 2016
10 Christmases ago today James Brown died. Today, George Michael… RIP…
— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) 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
RIP George Michael. I can’t believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016
Rest peacefully George Micheal