‘Can 2016 fuck off now?”: how the world reacts to the death of George Michael

Exactly 30 years ago, the group Wham! still all the rage with the kerstklassieker ‘Last Christmas’, this year the text has a bitter aftertaste. The world reacts aghast at ‘yet another farewell of a legend in 2016’.


On the morning of 25 december was George Michael has been found dead in his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England. While the news still seep from the cracks, raining down on the emotional reactions on Twitter and other social media.

Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend^. To Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx

— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) December 26, 2016

Close friends: Andrew Ridgeley and Elton John

One of the first reactions came from Andrew Ridgeley, the other half of the Uk’s pop duo’s that in the last few years a reclusive existence. The two had been friends since high school and were also after the split of the band are still very close. ‘Yog’ refers to the nickname that Ridgeley his companion spoke, the abbreviation for ” Yours Only George.

Also Elton John expresses his grief in a post on Instagram.In 1991, they scored a hit single with ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’. Allegedly went then down with the friendship, according to the Daily Mail, partly as a result of the drug use of Michael. A few years ago kickte, however, he is completely and locks the two artists back together in the heart.

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, friends and all his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP

A photo posted by Elton John (@elton john) on Dec 25, 2016 at 3:24pm PST

Contemporaries such as Madonna, Spandau Ballet and Duran Duran

Another startling comment came from Madonna. She shared a clip from 1989, in which they Michael presented the Video Vanguard award at the MTV Video Music Awards. ‘He is a great songwriter, and he makes very classy videos – like me’, says the then fledgling pop-diva, and a little later, ” George, I want your sex. So be my father figure.’ Like several other artists she refers to the fact that after Prince, Leonard Cohen and David Bowie is already a muzieklegende in 2016, and the life.

Farewell My Friend! ?? Another Great Artist leaves us. ?Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW?

— Madonna (@Madonna) December 26, 2016

Also various other bands in the same years as Wham! the charts were dominated by honoring their ex-concullega on Twitter. The band members of Spandau Ballet were in the 80’s good friends with George Michael. Bassist Martin Kemp has Michael even the encounter with his current wife, Shirlie Holliman to thank, who sang along in the background vocals of Wham!. ‘It’s funny cause I remember the first date me and Shirlie ever went on, when George came as a chaperone’, he tells us Life Stories, “I spent the whole evening trying to lose him so that me and Shirlie could sneak off and snog’.

We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brilliant artist & great songwriter. Spandau Ballet / Steve Dagger

— Spandau Ballet (@SpandauBallet) December 25, 2016

Also the British pop band Duran Duran posted a photo with Michael and connect themselves with the whole range of stars from the ’80s and ’90s that social media pay homage to Michael, as among others, Liza Minelli, Bryan Adams, La Roux and Simply Red.

2016 – loss of another talented soul. All our love and sympathy to @GeorgeMichael’s family.

— Duran Duran (@duranduran) 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

Heartbroken at the loss of one of my oldest friends. I will never forget the fun times we had together. Rest in Peace George, I’ll miss you?

— Sara Dallin (@SaraBananarama) 26 december 2016

New Fans

But also many contemporary artists who grew up with the music of Wham! have been hit by the news. Pixie Lott, Robbie Williams, Liam Gallagher and LeAnn Rimes knew their highs of success, especially in a later generation, but saw Michael as a great source of inspiration and musical example.

Oh God no …I love you George …Rest In Peace x

— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) december 26, 2016

Grew up listening to the beautiful and talented @GeorgeMichael – my mom’s favourite! it was a pleasure to meet him ? so sad to hear the news ?

— Pixie Lott (@PixieLott) december 25, 2016

It better not be true bout George Michael

— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) 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

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


A very personal story we got from producer and musician Mark Ronson, who was not kept at a short tweet, but a comprehensive rouwbrief wrote on Instagram. For him it was the music of Michael one of the reasons that he, as a teenager, decided in the world of music in the steps.Also a producer Nile Rodgers was obviously in shock, to read the various Tweets that he shortly after each other, you know. He was on the 23rd of december yet to be a guest with George Michael.

A photo posted by Mark Ronson (@iammarkronson) on 25 Dec 2016 at 4:49 PST

I was just at his home the morning of our last @CHICorg show on Feb 23rd in London. I’m stunned #RIPGeorgeMichael My heartfelt condolences.

— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) december 26, 2016

The LGBT Community

Also from the lgbt community appear different reactions to the death of Michael. Itself he was known as a prominent activist for gay rights, after he after some mystery in 1998 from the cabinet. Among other co-activist and American singer Miley Cyrus, Star Trek actor George Takei and LGBT organization Stonewall to thank Michael for his efforts in the fight against homophobia.

R. I. P. George Michael. You inspired many and your music will live on in the hearts of the community. You will be sorely missed x

— Stonewall (@stonewalluk) december 25, 2016

.@GeorgeTakei mourns George Michael: “Rest with the glittering stars”

— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) december 25, 2016

2016: The year the music died?

The vast majority of the responses plays in the so-called ‘plague of 2016, where there is often spoken of ‘the year the music died’, as this year a number of musical legends from the ’80s, their last notes were singing. So many, in fact, that’s a mistake easily made is: the American actress Sarah Michelle Galler if Michael and the Culture Club frontman Boy George, who is still very much alive. In a tweet that they already been deleted, she wrote: “Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016 – #ripboygeorge I was truly one of your biggest fans’. A mistake that has since been corrected thanks to many of geschoffeerde fans.

This is usually why I don’t comment on public matters, but it all seemed so sad on Christmas. Lesson learned.

— Sarah Michelle (@SarahMGellar) 26 december 2016

A last note: let’s not forget that George Michael might have died, but the music, thankfully, wasn’t. Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Mick Jagger, Neil Young and Keith Richards… : these are just a few names of legends that in 2016 a new album released and do not intend to direct the bob. Also the music of the late Bowie, Prince and Michael continue on a daily basis by hundreds of loudspeakers blaring, and that it is not the last christmas was with ‘Last Christmas’ on the radio is still an understatement.

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