Several pop stars are sharing their thoughts about news pop icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day of heart failure at his home in Oxfordshire, England. Michael was 53.
In a statement, Michael’s publicist said: “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. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Among the tweets about the sad news:
Theo Hutchcraft (@theohurts): One of the true greats and a huge inspiration. Goodbye George.
Laura Jansen (@LauraJansen): Coffee and George Michael videos. #loopandrepeat
Jared Evan (@JaredEvan): RIP George Michael he was one of the illest. “Revive Me” was kind of inspired by this joint
Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes): He smiled at me, like Jesus to a child. My heart hurts. I loved you George.
Debbie Gibson (@DebbieGibson): #Heartbroken Here’s how George Michael impacted my life… http://debbiegibsonofficial.com/blog-rip-george-michael/
KT Tunstall (@KTTunstall): Fu**. George Michael. So sad, what a genius legend. I grew up with him and loved his music so much.
Sky Ferreira (@skyferreira): RIP GEORGE MICHAEL
Rob Thomas (@ThisIsRobThomas): R.I.P George Michael. Mari and I and our family are gutted. He was a true gentleman, one of the most talented people on earth and the soundtrack to our youth. An absolute legend. we were proud to be able to call him a friend and will miss that beautiful smile terribly. Sending love to all of his family on this sad Christmas. #ripgeorgemichael
After being treated in Austria for pneumonia, pop star George Michael told reporters he was still feeling weak and revealed it was “touch and go” whether he would survive the illness. The 48-year-old also checked in with his Twitter followers (@GeorgeMichael) after the statement outside his London home. George writes:
Hey everyone, your favorite homo is home :)))
I’m back and I’m proud, though not very loud…… (which, I assure you, will be temporary!) MERRY XMAS TO ALL OF YOU! ISN’T LIFE GRAND !! X
Good Night everyone, I’m getting an early night. Thank you all so much for your patience and your prayers. Don’t worry, I’ll be back to..
my foul mouthed ranting self soon enough xxxxxxx
Watch the singer speaking with the press below.
George Michael’s official web site announced the postponement of the remaining dates on the Symphonica tour due to the British pop singer’s ongoing battle with pneumonia. Doctors advised the 48-year-old to suspend the tour and instead take a full and complete rest.
Prof. Dr. Christoph Zielinski, Chairman, Department of Medicine General Hospital – Medical University Vienna, Austria and Prof. Dr. Thomas Staudinger, Specialist in Internal Medicine and Intensive Care Medicine have stated the following:
George Michael has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an inpatient. His condition has stabilized and he is responding to treatment. From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory.
George Michael has announced a 47-date tour that will see him perform across Europe with a symphony orchestra.
“What I actually said was that I wouldn’t do another arena show,” the British singer said in response to earlier claims his prior tour would be his last. “But what I really meant was I couldn’t see myself doing a big greatest hits show again.”
Watch a report from ITN via Muzu below.
George Michael was arrested early Sunday on suspicion of driving while unfit after his Range Rover crashed into the front of the Snappy Snaps photo shop near his home in Hampstead. The singer wasn’t given a breathalyzer test according to the Daily Mail, but was believed to be tested for drugs at a north London police station. Watch a report from ITN below.
Boy George tells ITN the long running feud between himself and George Michael is long gone. “There’s no problem with me and George and there hasn’t been for a long time,” the singer said. “We haven’t spoken recently, but you know I’ve always liked him as an artist. I’ve always thought he was a great singer and a great writer. It was never anything to do with him as a musician.” Watch the comments via YouTube below.
On August 24-25, George Michael filmed his final two concerts of the 25 Live Tour at London’s Earls Court arena. The performances were put on a special 23-song concert DVD, ‘Live in London’, which is Michael’s first live DVD. ‘Live in London’, out now, features tracks spanning the British pop star’s career, as well as a bonus behind-the-scenes documentary.
Not included on the DVD is Michael’s performance of the song ‘Hard Day.’ Watch the exclusive premiere of that concert footage at Spinner, and then check out DVD clips of ‘Feeling Good’ and ‘Roxanne’ below the cut. (more…)
George Michael is out with the video to his new holiday single ‘December Song (I Dreamed of Christmas)’, out December 13th. The track was written by George Michael and longtime writing partner David Austin. Watch it via YouTube below.
BBC News reports George Michael has apologized after his arrest at a public restroom in London on Friday, where the singer was charged with possessing class A and class C drugs, believed to by crack cocaine and marijuana. “I want to apologize to my fans for screwing up again, and to promise them I’ll sort myself out,” Michael said in a statement. “And to say sorry to everybody else, just for boring them.”
A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed news of the arrest, saying, “A 45-year-old man was arrested on 19 September on suspicion of possession of drugs in the Hampstead Heath area.” Read more.
News of the World reports George Michael was arrested at a public restroom in near London’s Hampstead Heath on Friday afternoon, where the pop singer was found in possession of crack cocaine and marijuana. “George was hanging around the toilets near the heath for quite a while. A lot of people became suspicious,” a source told the British tabloid. “He is a very well known face and eventually his odd behavior caused a toilet attendant to call the police. When the officers arrived Michael was still in the loos. They searched him and found he had drugs on him. He was quickly carted off to the police station.”
The entire story at newsoftheworld.co.uk has since been removed.