Response of George Michael’s death: ‘I lost a beloved friend’

Dec. 23, 2011: George Michael leaves his house in north London, after recovering from a life-threatening attack of pneumonia that kept him in a Vienna hospital for a month.

(AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)

Elton John led a social media tribute to George Michael after the pop star died at the age of 53, it was announced late Sunday.

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, 3:24pm PST

The two collaborated on a rendition of John’s 1974 classic “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” was released in 1992.

Andrew Ridgeley, that the height of fame in the mid-1980s, when Michael’s partner with the pop duo Wham, tweeted that he was “devastated by the loss of my beloved friend.”

Of grief at the loss of my beloved friend, Yoga. To me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world in general. 4ever loved. A xx

— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) on December 26, 2016

An icon of the 1980s, Madonna, tweeted, “Farewell, My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. May 2016 F— Out NOW?”

English New Wave group Duran Duran echoed her feelings with a post on their official Twitter account.

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

— Duran Duran (@duranduran) December 25, 2016

Admiration for Michael was not limited to the pop world. Hip-hop artist MC Hammer expressed his condolences on social media, such as CBS “Late Late Show” host James Corden.

Stunned. George Michael. A talented and gentle soul. Rest in the love of god, and the Peace ???????? #RIPGeorgeMichael

— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) December 26, 2016

I have enjoyed 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 beautiful man, far too young to be our #georgemichael

— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016

It is hard to take. One of our most talented singer-songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael. Such sad, tragic news. 2016 end.

— Simply Red (@SimplyRedHQ) December 25, 2016

other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the real British soul greats. many of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx

— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016


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