The sudden death of teenage heartthrob turned superstar singer-songwriter George Michael at the age of 53 has shocked the music fraternity across the world with both musicians and fans expressing their condolences.
Michael who started his career in a boy band Wham! and then as a solo artist, created some of the biggest hits of the 1980s including "Careless Whisper" and "Faith", selling over 100 million records in a career spanning nearly four decades.
Musicians across the world poured in their heartfelt tributes:
other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
R.I.P George Michael. Beyond sad, you were a legend, and you were far too young. Blasting "Last Christmas" now 🙏— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) December 25, 2016
Oh God no …I love you George …Rest In Peace x— Robbie Williams (@robbiewilliams) December 26, 2016
RIP George Michael... Your music will stay with us forever...— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) December 26, 2016
Just came to know that the legend and our favorite @GeorgeMichael is no more.. may God bless his soul. Rest in Peace 🙏🏽...— King Mika Singh (@MikaSingh) December 25, 2016
Celebrities from Hollywood also expressed their condolences:
So sorry to hear about George Michael's passing. Brilliant icon. "Kissing a Fool" one of my all time favs. Strength & light to his family.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 26, 2016
RIP George Michael— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 25, 2016
George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) December 26, 2016
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
Unbelievable.RIP George Michael.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016