Wham! frontman and pop singer George Michael died in England earlier today, which has prompted an outpouring of grief and sadness across the Internet.
Michael’s publicist confirmed the sad news in the last hour, stating that his passing was peaceful and that his family requests privacy in their period of loss. As the news breaks, people have taken to Twitter to recall their fond memories and express their condolences for the singer’s loss:
Confession: the second gig I played in college was a 'Careless Whisper' cover. RIP.
— Noah Shachtman (@NoahShachtman) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael
— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016
"You ain't gotta go home, but you gotta get on up outta here." -Me to 2016 pic.twitter.com/FnGxTwJcIQ
— G O L D I E. (@goldietaylor) December 25, 2016
— Gretchen Carlson (@GretchenCarlson) December 25, 2016
Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 26, 2016
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.
— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
Clearly. 2016 is trolling us all, mercilessly. https://t.co/IQCosHrwul
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) December 25, 2016
Ok, 2016. I am so officially done with you, you heartless, horrible year. #georgemichael
— Julie Roginsky (@julieroginsky) December 26, 2016
Absolutely devastated at the news of George Michael's passing. An otherworldly, misunderstood talent who was ahead of his time. #RIP
— Kennedy (@KennedyNation) December 25, 2016
still six more days for 2016 to punch us in the nuts.
— Sam Stein (@samsteinhp) December 25, 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
Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 25, 2016
RIP @GeorgeMichael ?
— ADAM LAMBERT (@adamlambert) December 25, 2016
— Margaret Cho (@margaretcho) December 25, 2016
With this tragic news, I would like to announce the formation of The Coalition to Protect Stevie Wonder at All Costs.
— Ernest Wilkins ?? (@ErnestWilkins) December 25, 2016
So sad. 2016 end already. https://t.co/ODMPPTbb00
— Tamron Hall (@tamronhall) December 25, 2016
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