His music and his voice will live on. Mariah Carey remembered her late friend George Michael in a blog post on Monday, December 26.  “This Christmas, we received the devastating news that beloved singer, songwriter, and music producer George Michael passed away peacefully in his Oxfordshire home,” she wrote on her Mariah’s World blog. “George was only 53 at the time of his passing. He left us way too soon.” The “Vision of Love” singer explained that Michael was an inspiration to her, … read more

A heartbreaking moment. George Michael’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, broke his silence about the musician’s death on Twitter on Monday, December 26, and recalled finding his body on Christmas morning.
“It’s an xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx,” he tweeted. Fawaz, a hairstylist and photographer, also changed his Twitter photo to a pic of himself kissing Michael on the cheek. He echoed his previous … read more

British singer Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, known professionally as George Michael, died at his home in England on Sunday, Dec. 25. He was 53.
Michael’s longtime manager, Michael Lippman, told The Hollywood Reporter that he “passed away peacefully at home,” and according to Lippman, the cause of death was heart failure.
The Thames Valley Police told the publication that Michael’s death was “unexplained but not suspicious,” and released a statement saying, “Thames Valley Police were called to a … read more

George Michael’s longtime love Kenny Goss is at a loss upon hearing the Wham! singer died Sunday.
Goss, who was long described as the love of Michael’s life, tells E! News in a statement that he is in disbelief about what has happened. “I’m heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and long time love George Michael has passed,” he says. “He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man. The beautiful memories and music he brought to the … read more

– As the world continued to mourn the death of pop singer George Michael, Britney Spears’ fans also felt their hearts stop Monday morning due to a series of tweets sent out from Sony’s Music Global account. “RIP @britneyspears,” read the first tweet, per TMZ (which has screenshots of the now-deleted tweets), accompanied by a crying emoji, an #RIPBritney hashtag, and a “1981-2016” birth-to-death marker. A few minutes later, a more cryptic and confusing tweet was posted: “britney spears is dead … read more

– The tributes to George Michael are pouring in, as are stories about his legacy on and off the stage. A sampling: Tim Teeman at the Daily Beast recounts how Michael defied expectations with his response to a 1998 arrest for lewd behavior and became an LGBT hero. He did so in “shockingly brash and unapologetic” fashion. “For him, every hit meant a radical revision of who he was and what he stood for,” writes Rob Sheffield at Rolling Stone. Read why he was a “true pop visionary” here. GQ resurrects … read more

George Michael was really ahead of his time.
Before Carpool Karaoke became the hit segment it is today, there was James Corden’s British sitcom Gavin and Stacey. Corden opened up to The Late Show’s Stephen Colbert earlier this year about the origins of The Late Late Show’s hit segment, and revealed it all began in a 2011 skit for the British charity Comic Relief. In the video, Corden played his Gavin and Stacey persona while driving around with the late singer.
“My original idea was to pick George … read more

Before Carpool Karaoke became a sensational segment on The Late Late Show, George Michael — who died of heart failure at the age of 53 “over the Christmas period” — starred in an early version with James Corden in 2011. Corden, now 38, appeared alongside the “Faith” singer in a sketch for the charity Comic Relief. In the 13-minute clip, which you can watch above, the late-night host (playing his character Smithy from the British sitcom Gavin & Stacey) rides around in a car, singing … read more

George Michael was only 53 years old when he left us, but for Generation X, his music recalls the Cold War-era sounds of our youth. The soulful Wham singer hit the top of the charts in the mid-1980s by singing about the jitterbug and filming a video at the Great Wall of China. Yet, in the latter part of his career he became a nuanced and complex, if sometimes misunderstood, writer and interpreter of songs. “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper,” and “Last Christmas” gave way … read more

James Corden’s “Carpool Karaoke” is a runaway success with fans and celebrities alike. What many don’t know is that pop star George Michael, who died on Sunday at the age of 53, was Corden’s first-ever partner in the schtick ― way before it was even on “The Late Late Show” from when Corden took over as host in 2015.
The debut of the winning partnerships that would later feature star turns from A-listers including Adele, Mariah Carey, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber, Elton John … read more

Oops! Sarah Michelle Gellar made an embarrassing mistake while trying to pay tribute to George Michael after his death on Sunday, December 25.
The Buffy alum, 39, had all the best intentions when she took to Twitter to mourn the Wham! star, but instead posted a heartfelt message about Culture Club’s Boy George. “Do you really want to hurt me? I guess you do 2016,” she wrote before using the hashtag #ripboygeorge.
Her blunder was quickly pointed out by fans, who blasted her for her mistake, … read more

– Christmas Day brought news of one of the most shocking celebrity deaths in a year notorious for them. Tributes quickly poured in for George Michael, who died at age 53. “Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You’ve found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you,” tweeted George Takei. A selection of some of the many other tributes being paid to the star on Twitter and elsewhere: Elton John: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend—the … read more

Beloved singer George Michael, who shot to fame in the 80s with the group Wham! and went on to a successful solo career, passed away at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. During his time with Wham! Michael was known for hits like “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go,” “Careless Whisper” and “Last Christmas.” He launched his solo career starting with the album Faith in 1987 and went on to have a number of top five hits including “I Want Your Sex,” “Father Figure” and “Freedom.” … read more

Since he skyrocketed to fame as the honey-voiced half of the pop duo Wham! in 1983, George Michael always gave us his heart. And this Christmas, he broke hearts everywhere when his rep announced he had “passed away peacefully in his home” outside London at age 53. For the bulk of the ’80s and well into the ’90s, the British superstar born Georgious Kyriacos Panayiotou (that name change was a good call) kept us right there on the edge of pop heaven from the second he bopped across a stage sporting … read more

George Michael may be gone, but he’s certainly not forgotten.
The late performer sang some of the most memorable songs to come out of the late 1980s and early 1990s, but he also had a huge hand in changing the music video industry after his big hit, “Freedom.”
In fact, he pushed the envelope in 1990 after the model-filled music video for the upbeat track hit MTV.
David Fincher directed the artfully shot video, which Camilla Nickerson styled the handful of models.
But it wasn’t just the star power … read more