Fans are mourning the loss of George Michael, who died on Christmas Day at age 53. The British musician leaves behind millions of fans and a catalogue of wildly popular music that is so influential. The superstar was also a generous man and, now after his death, fans are sharing stories of George Michael's secret acts of generosity on social media, proving that the singer truly cared about the world around him. Michael passed away on Dec. 25 at his home in Goring, England, according to a statement from his publicist Connie Filippello.
"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," said the statement, according to USA Today. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage." Michael is best known for his hit songs in the 1980s with the pop duo Wham! (with Andrew Ridgeley) and as a solo artist, from his Grammy-winning album Faith.
He often donated the proceeds to his songs to charity. For instance, he donated his royalties from the often-played Wham! song "Last Christmas" to Ethiopian famine relief, according to The Guardian, and Michael gave the proceeds from "Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me," his collaboration with Elton John, to the London Lighthouse Aids hospice and the Rainbow Trust children’s charity.
And Michael was also quite a generous soul behind the scenes, fans are now sharing and learning. Check out some of the stories of George Michael's acts of generosity below.
1He Gave A Woman £15,000 For Fertility Treatment
A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) December 26, 2016
The executive producer of the UK series Deal Or No Deal shared this sweet act of kindness on Twitter.
2He Gave £25,000 To A Stranger In Debt
@richardosman he gave a stranger in a cafe £25k as she was crying over debt. Told the waitress to give her the cheque after he left.— VectorVictoria (@V3ct0rv1ct0r) December 26, 2016
According to this tweet, Michael donated money to a stranger in order to help with her debt.
3He Funded A Musical Production
@richardosman I was in "Quilt, a Musical Celebration" (about AIDS) in St Albans 20 yrs ago. George Michael secretly funded the project.— Xanthe Bearman (@XantheBearman) December 26, 2016
According to this tweet, Michael quietly funded a production of Quilt, A Musical Celebration, a musical about the AIDS epidemic.
4He Donated £100,000 To Help London Children
Every Easter at Capital when I was on air with chris Tarrant for help a london child George would call in at 3.30pm with a £100.000 donation— Mick Brown (@djmickbrown) December 25, 2016
Radio host Mick Brown tweeted about Michael's annual generous donation to the Help a London Child charity.
5He Anonymously Volunteered At A Homeless Shelter
George Michael worked anonymously at a homeless shelter I was volunteering at. I've never told anyone, he asked we didn't. That's who he was— EMILYNE MONDO (@EmilyneMondo) December 26, 2016
According to this tweet, Michael was kind enough to donate his time as a volunteer at a homeless shelter.
6He Helped A Waitress With Her Student Loans
I wrote in a piece ages ago about a celeb I'd worked with tipping a barmaid £5k because she was a student nurse in debt. Was George Michael.— Sali Hughes (@salihughes) December 26, 2016
The Guardian columnist Sali Hughes tweeted about this act of kindness from the singer, who donated £5,000 to a student nurse working as a barmaid.
7He Supported The National Nurse Service In The UK
His support for the LGBTQ community, the NHS and the miners marked George Michael out as an activist as well as a great artist. pic.twitter.com/tsKNp22Lr7— Billy Bragg (@billybragg) December 26, 2016
Michael had a soft spot for nurses, because he valued the care they had given his late mother, and he honored the National Nurse Service in the UK with a free concert for nurses in 2006.
"The nurses that helped my family at that time were incredible people, and I realized just how undervalued these amazing people are," he wrote on his website, according to BBC News.
According to a tweet by Buzzfeed journalist Hayley Campbell, Michael often gave out free tickets to nurses and had a dedicated area for them at his concerts.
8He Saved John Lennon's Piano
Michael also looked out for the good of music history as well. When John Lennon's famous piano (where he wrote "Imagine") went up for auction, Michael not only purchased it for $2 million in 2000, but he recorded a song on it and returned it to the Beatles Story in Liverpool, according to the Associated Press.
"It's not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people," he said, according to the AP.
9He Was Willing To Donate His Own Funds To Charity On 'Who Wants To Be A Millionaire'
When Michael appeared on the UK's Who Wants to Be A Millionaire, he played to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support — and he said in the clip above that he'd match the amount he might lose, so the charity would still receive funds.
10He Made Donations To The Terrence Higgins Trust
According to a Facebook post by the organization, Michael "personally supported the charity for many years," donating "experiences and gifts" for the Terrences Higgins Trust, which supports people living with HIV.
11He Donated Millions To A Children's Charity
According to a report from the UK's SNAP, Michael donated millions to the organization Childline.
Childline founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen told the Press Association: “Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations, to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him – to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the hundreds of thousands of children he helped through supporting Childline."