Friends and fellow musicians pay tribute to George Michael

Elton John

“Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog.

Andrew Ridgeley

Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx”

Elton John

“I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist.”

Paul McCartney

George Michael’s sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death. Having worked with him on a number of occasions, his great talent always shone through and his self-deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.”

Sara Dallin, singer with Bananarama

“Heartbroken at the loss of one of my oldest friends. I will never forget the fun times we had together. Rest in Peace George, I’ll miss you.”

Shirlie Kemp, Wham! backing singer

“Words can not express how sad we all are, only last week I saw him laughing and happy. My heart is broken to lose someone so special.”

Pepsi Demacque, Wham! backing singer

“Broken by the lost of my friend my brother a major part of my life never forgotten I have amazing memories to hold close to my heart RIP.”

Nile Rogers, Chic songwriter and guitarist

“I was just at his home the morning of ... Dec 23rd in London. I’m stunned #RIPGeorgeMichael My heartfelt condolences.”

Boy George

“I am thinking of @GeorgeMichael’s family, friends and fans right now. He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone. I hope the Buddha will hold him in his arms.”

Jeremy Corbyn

“Sad to hear that George Michael has died. He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers’ rights.”

Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish first minister tweeted a link to Michael’s song I Can’t Make You Love Me.

“So after a lovely family Xmas day, this 80s teen is off to bed feeling a bit sad, but listening to this masterpiece.”

Geri Horner, formerly Halliwell

“So so sad , RIP George, a dear friend, the kindest, most generous & talented person. My thoughts are with his family.”

Madonna

“Farewell My Friend! Another Great Artist leaves us. Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW?”

Martin Kemp, Spandau Ballet bassist

“My whole family and I are devastated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!”

Simply Red

“It’s hard to take in. One of our most talented singer songwriters has left us. RIP George Michael. Such sad, tragic news. 2016 please end.”

Mark Ronson

“Other than a global pop phenom[enon], George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. A lot of us owe him an unpayable debt. Bye George xx”

Sam Smith

@GeorgeMichael. Words can’t express how much you and your music meant and means to me. Please play his music as loud as you can today ... I would not be the artist I am if it wasn’t for you.”

Jane Barron, Terrence Higgins Trust

“We are so saddened by the loss of George Michael. George also often thought of us to kindly donate experiences and gifts that were used to raise vital funds to help us support people living with HIV... We are so grateful for his support and friendship over the years. Our thoughts are with his family and loved ones at this difficult time.”

Pet Shop Boys

“Dear George, gone too soon. It’s so sad. Heartfelt condolences to his family and friends. Love, Neil and Chris x #PetText

Johnny Marr, former Smiths guitarist and songwriter

“Very sad to hear about George Michael. He was a lovely person.”

David Lammy MP

“George Michael’s legacy: Don’t conform, don’t listen to the haters. Be yourself, be the very best version of yourself and be proud of it.”

Julian Lennon

“So sorry to hear of George’s passing ... I only met the man once, but he was a gentleman & truly talented.... Your Music Lives On... You will be missed.... x”

Simon Cowell

“Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.”

Kylie Minogue

“Thank you for the music, magic and memories. #RIPgeorgemichael

Peter Tatchell, human rights activist

“I first met George about 1980 when he was still a teenager and before he was famous. It was a chance meeting in a small gay disco above a pub by Manor House tube station in north London. He was a great dancer and sang along to songs. He had a good voice and said he was going to be a pop star. There were lots of wannabes in those days. I thought: maybe. I was surprised and pleased when he hit the big time three years later with Wham!. As well as being a brilliant artist, George had a social conscience, did message music and raised lots of money for charities.”

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