By Michael Lewittes | 6:48 pm, December 25th, 2016
Celebrities are reacting to death of George Michael at age 53. See stars’ reaction tweets below to the death of the singer.
Michael died at his home in Goring, England. His rep said on Sunday, “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.” No cause of death has been given at this point. The spokesman added, “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
In 2013, Michael was involved in a car crash, which required he be airlifted to a hospital. An ambulance spokesperson told media outlets at the time that Michael had suffered a head injury. And as Gossip Cop reported in December 2011, the singer was in a life-and-death battle with pneumonia. After spending several weeks in a Vienna hospital, the singer said in an emotional statement to reporters outside his London home that the ordeal was “by far, the worst month of my life.” He thanked his doctors for “keeping me alive.” Michael added at the time, “I’m incredibly fortunate to be here… If I wasn’t spiritual enough [before the illness], then I certainly am now.”
Over the years, Michael had battled drug and alcohol issues. He was arrested in 2010 after he crashed his car into a London storefront while high on marijuana. The Wham! singer even spent some time behind bars for it.
Michael had several incidents that resulted in him being busted for driving drunk or high. He later said he “deserved” his jail time for driving under the influence. “This was a hugely shameful thing to have done repeatedly, so karmically I felt like I had a bill to pay,” expressed Michael. He continued, “It’s so much easier to take any form of punishment if you believe you actually deserve it, and I did.” he said.
Following the news of Michael’s death, Russell Crowe tweeted, “RIP George Michael.” Mark Ronson expressed, “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” Bryan Adams stated, “RIP George Michael. I can’t believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael.” “My god. Rest in paradise @GeorgeMichael–an icon, an ally, a legend,” offered Margaret Cho.
James Corden noted, “George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it’s message means more now than ever.” He also wrote, “I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.” Brian Wilson shared, “Very sad to hear that George Michael passed. He was a very talented musician and singer. Love & mercy to his family, friends and fans.”
Nick Lachey expressed, “So saddened to hear about the passing of George Michael today. He was a truly gifted singer and a musical inspiration. #RIPGeorgeMichael.” “God Bless George Michael, Say a prayer for him . A nice human,” tweeted Meat Loaf. An incredulous Liam Gallagher felt, “It better not be true bout George Michael.” “RIP George Michael. Gone too soon,” offered Lynda Carter.
Carson Daly echoed others when he wrote, “Shocked to hear about #georgemichael. What an amazing voice. Praying for his family.” George Takei tweeted, “Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You’ve found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.” Next to a picture of the two together, Elton John stated on Instagram, “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 and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP.”
Adam Lambert tweeted, “RIP @GeorgeMichael.” “Wow. RIP George Michael,” wrote Randy Jackson. Katie Couric added, “So sad to hear @GeorgeMichael passed away today. Loved his music and his heart. #LastChristmas #RIP.” Gossip Cop will update as more celebrities react to the death of George Michael.
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