The show business community expressed shock, and dismay, at the death of singer George Michael. His publicist said the Wham! singer ‘passed away peacefully at home.’
Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance attended his property in Oxford at 1.42pm on Christmas Day (25 December).
According to the BBC, police say there are no suspicious circumstances.
The gay star sold more than 100 million albums with his group and as a solo artist
Below are some responses from Twitter and Instagram:
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael‘s death. He was such a brilliant talent. I’m so sad.
— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) 25 December 2016
Come on 2016 this is getting ridiculous. RIP George Michael💔 https://t.co/Z2GpiLl9um
— Audra McDonald (@AudraEqualityMc) 25 December 2016
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) 25 December 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) 25 December 2016
It better not be true bout George Michael
— Liam Gallagher (@liamgallagher) 25 December 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) 25 December 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) 25 December 2016
Its hard to take in. One of our most talented singer songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael. Such sad, tragic news. 2016 please end.
— Simply Red (@SimplyRedHQ) 25 December 2016
One more time…. 😞 George Michael & Paul Young – Every Time You Go Away – 1986 … https://t.co/ka2GtJHJTr
— Paul Young (@PaulYoungParlez) 25 December 2016
Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx https://t.co/OlGTm4D9O6
— Andrew Ridgeley (@ajridgeley) 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