George Michael's Family Sends Thanks; Boy George Was Hoping For a Musical Comeback

by Newsdesk

George Michael's loved ones are "touched beyond words" by the outpouring of support following the pop icon's death on Sunday (December 25).

The former Wham! frontman died at his home in Oxfordshire, England on Christmas Day after reportedly suffering from heart failure, aged 53.

The Faith hitmaker's publicist confirmed the tragic news at the time of his death, and on Tuesday, the representative issued a new statement to express the family's gratitude for the messages of condolence.

"The family and close friends of George have been touched beyond words by the incredible outpouring of love for him in the hours and days since his death," reads the statement, issued to the Press Association.

"For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world at large, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received."

The spokesperson goes on to dismiss rumors of any suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, amid speculation drugs had been involved in his unexpected demise.

The statement continues: "Contrary to some reports, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times."

Police are treating Michael's passing as "unexplained but not suspicious".

Meanwhile, reports suggest the singer's godchildren will inherit a chunk of his estate, which is estimated to be worth $123 million (£100 million).

George, who had no offspring of his own, served as the godfather to a number of his celebrity friends' kids, including his former Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman's two children with Spandau Ballet bassist and actor Martin Kemp.

According to the Daily Mirror, former Spice Girls star Geri Horner's daughter Bluebell is also likely to receive a share of the fortune as she was the goddaughter of the musician's ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss. The couple split in 2009 after almost 15 years together, but remained close.

In addition, the singer is expected to have left generous sums to his favorite charities, including Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust, and Macmillan Cancer Support, which he backed throughout his career.

In the music world, Boy George hoped his "competition", George Michael, would return to music stronger than ever before his death.

The Culture Club singer, who rose to fame in the '80s like Michael, posted his condolences on Twitter not long after the news broke and fans have reached out to comfort him, though he was quick to correct one user who called Michael his "friend".

"I'm sure George's closest friends would not consider me a 'friend. It's true, George and I never got close. He was my competition, my peer," he poignantly wrote.

"It was only in recent years that we actually spoke. I hoped he would rise up and become strong again and fill our lives with more music."

When the Twitter user replied asking George to simply say a prayer for the late musician, he promised he'd dedicate his morning practice of gongyo, a term used in Buddhism, to Michael.

Queen guitarist Brian May has also spoken out following the death of Michael, who previously performed with the band in 1992 as part of The Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert at Wembley Stadium in London.

"I don't have the words," May wrote on Facebook. "This year has cruelly taken so many fine people way too young. And George? That gentle boy? All that beautiful talent? Can't begin to compute this. RIP George. Sing with Freddie. And the Angels."

Freddie passed away in 1991 aged 45 from bronchial pneumonia triggered by his AIDS diagnosis. Michael came out as gay in 1998 and was an active LGBTQ rights campaigner and raised funds for HIV/AIDS, with his former partner Anselmo Feleppa passing away from an AIDS related brain-haemorrhage in 1993.

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