On Sunday, Dec. 25, unexpected news broke when it was announced that George Michael died at the age of 53. According to the BBC, he "passed away peacefully at home." As soon as the news was announced, fans began mourning the singer on Twitter, and that includes many celebrity George Michael fans.
Michael was best known for his hits during the '80s and '90s, both solo and with the duo Wham! (along with Andrew Ridgeley), including "Careless Whisper," "Faith," "One More Try," and, making the news of his death on this particular day hit all the harder, the modern holiday classic, "Last Christmas."
Michael's publicist released the following statement to The Mirror about his death,
Social media posts that show their love and respect for the singer continue to roll in from celebrities as the news of Michael's untimely death continues to spread. Here are some of the tweets celeb fans have shared so far.
I can't deal with this. One of my ALL TIME favorites. RIP George Michael and I really hate writing that so much. https://t.co/1cRJBMgYga— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 25, 2016
2016. Really? REALLY?! George Michael?! Unbelievably sad.— Kevin McHale (@druidDUDE) December 25, 2016
Oh my god. RIP George Michael. So very sad. What a terrible year.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) December 25, 2016
Please watch & listen to this beautiful man sing this beautiful song: https://t.co/TReJWZpzTZ— rob delaney (@robdelaney) 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
George Michael is a legend why have we lost so many legends this year 😪 Life's too short X— Rebecca Ferguson (@RebeccaFMusic) December 25, 2016
George Michael - Rest in Peace brilliant Legend. I despair of 2016. Thank you for all the ecstatic joy. Xxxxxx pic.twitter.com/dgrEcymxKS— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 25, 2016
THIS YEAR HAS GOT TO END!!!!!!!!!! HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE HORRIBLE https://t.co/UTFvLoURAJ— Andy Cohen (@Andy) December 25, 2016
Thank you husband. My thoughts as well. https://t.co/w5CXXkaZFw— christina applegate (@1capplegate) December 25, 2016
I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/Ammqi2ZTup— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) December 25, 2016
I can't believe George Michael has died 😩😞. One of my favorite singers... gone too young 💔 #RIP— Victoria Justice (@VictoriaJustice) December 25, 2016
George Michael 💔— Connie Britton (@conniebritton) December 25, 2016
Elton John wrote 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"
Tegan & Sara
Sad to hear about George Michael's passing. He was a big inspiration. 🌈💔 https://t.co/uUmnuHOkVc— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 25, 2016
i bought (& worshipped) Listen Without Prejudice on my 15th birthday. this song readied me for Stevie Wonder... https://t.co/a3gnL9DnfT...— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
Been rehearsing for the Florence symphonic concert for the past few hours and got a text whilst singing, that George Michael had passed— MIKA (@mikasounds) December 25, 2016
What an enormous shame, what a talent, writer, performer, one of the finest male pop vocalists that ever recorded. Another Good Guy is gone— MIKA (@mikasounds) December 25, 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
What a year... RIP GEORGE MICHAEL ... 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 25, 2016
Heartbreaking news that we have lost another icon in George Michael. 2016 has been cruel at times. RIP x— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) December 26, 2016
10 Christmases ago today James Brown died. Today, George Michael... RIP...— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 26, 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
So shocked to hear that @GeorgeMichael has passed away. What a horrible year it's been. Thinking of his family, friends and fans tonight.— Sam Palladio (@SamPalladio) December 26, 2016
This Christmas is beautiful yet sad as I remember @GeorgeMichael and his amazing talent and the beauty he created with songs.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 26, 2016
Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson
So sorry to hear about George Michael's passing. Brilliant icon. "Kissing a Fool" one of my all time favs. Strength & light to his family.— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 26, 2016
Author Roxane Gay
RIP George Michael. I loved your music so very much.— roxane gay (@rgay) December 26, 2016
Gwendoline Christie (Again)
The bravery of George Michael. Please let 2017 bring the individuals, freaks, mavericks and those with love in their hearts for all. X pic.twitter.com/tsAqlBjFeu— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 26, 2016
This year has just been too much.....RIP George Michael xxxx— Guy Pearce (@TheGuyPearce) December 26, 2016
RIP George Michael:( One of the greats gone. Not many ultra talented superstars left. He was a true undeniable mega presence & inspiration.— reggie watts (@reggiewatts) December 26, 2016
Of course, this is only a sampling of the messages Michael fans have shared since the news broke. Surely, many, many more will continue to roll in as more learn about his death. R.I.P., George Michael.