George Michael

Mourners left flowers and notes outside George Michael's Highgate home in London, England, as tributes poured in from around the world.

The 53-year-old singer/songwriter reportedly died of heart failure in his sleep on Christmas day.

Fans mingled with the growing media horde outside the mansion located in the most expensive part of north London.

According to the NY Times, David Beddall, the churchwarden at St. Thomas of Canterbury Church, wondered why Michael missed midnight Christmas service. Beddall and a friend passed by Michael's home. "We thought he wasn't at home," Mr. Beddall said. "He had his garden decorated with lights and you could see them from the bridge. It's quite an impressive sight."

"He didn't like the attention. He was very humble," said Mitsuya Fujimoto, a neighbor and music producer.

Michael came out as gay in 1998, following his arrest for soliciting sex from an undercover cop in a men’s room at a park in Beverly Hills, Calif.

"He should've come out much sooner than later, because I think that made him stressed," Mr. Fujimoto said.

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  • n1kk1a

    So sad. 2017 can't get here fast enough.?

  • MsMeWhenImGone

    So the batty man died on jesus' birth....said by every Jamaican family memeber this Christmas ???

  • Chardonnai

    I'm salty about this. George was an icon.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    2016 killed a lot of iconic figures. Denise Williams(Vanity), Prince, Natalie Cole, David Bowie, Chyna the wrestler, Alan Thicke and now George Michael. Damn, damn, DAMN(Florida Evans voice).

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    I don't get it what that mean

  • Irony

    I'm never gonna dance again.?

  • Irony

    Muhammad Ali, Daryl Coley, Fidel Castro, John Glen, Jose Fernandez, Nancy Reagan, Arnold Palmer, Janet Reno, Doris Roberts, Zsa Zsa Gabor, just to name a few others.

  • E-VannaRootsAllEvil

    That verse keeps playing n my head

  • Shira Harding-James

    Me neither

  • Shira Harding-James

    Love me some George Michael!

  • Chocolate Bliss

    Maurice White Earth Wind & Fire

  • CapricornIce

    ?George Michael?. 2016 have been filled with a lot of heartache & death. I think we sometimes forget that tomorrow isn't promised to us.

  • CapricornIce

    So insensitive & unnecessary. Ya dummy.

  • Keesh5000

    RIP GEORGE...YOUR MUSIC WILL ALWAYS BE GREAT!!!!!

  • Irony

    Guilty feet...

  • Irony

    How did I forget.

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Yes. It's been a year!

  • http://worldstarhiphop.com/ The Dutchess

    So saddened by this Kissing a fool & One more try were two of my favorite songs period He will be deeply missed

  • bemetoo

    Omg way all the greats die so young..?? just one more try??

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Batty or batty boy is islander slang for homosexual.

    Co-sign with Capricorn, so insensitive.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Where did you get Denise Williams? Did she marry on the quiet because her last name was Matthews.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Kashif ....here's one list I ran across

    http://www.soultracks.com/deaths-2016

  • Irony

    How did I forget our beloved Natalie! ?

  • NYTimes#1Bestseller

    Oops, my bad. Thanks for the correction.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    You see I had to bring in a link with the Top 50....5-0 (can you believe it?) ...and the list is only musicians. Haven't found one for everyone who was famous at one time or another.

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    No problem but now that I think about it...let's hope we don't lose Deniece "Niecy" Williams to something tragic anytime soon.

  • Irony

    This more than enough!

  • Yetunde

    Highgate is in London, Goring-on-Thames is in Hertfordshire, they're 2 different places. He has homes in both of these places.

  • OSHH

    Too many songs by George I loved. Saw him live in 09...there was no way i was missing that show.
    Cowboys and Angels
    Older
    Jesus to a child
    Fast love
    A different corner
    When or where
    I want your sex pt 3
    Hand to mouth
    Hard day
    Father Figure
    John and Elvis
    A moment with you
    Etc etc etc
    God bless his soul?

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    Last night, I watched his interview with Oprah. He completely ignored Oprah when she ask, "What were you doing in that bathroom when you had a boyfriend at home?"

    I guess Oprah doesn't know most gay men are promiscuous bug-chasers.

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    OMG! I just saw a picture of George Michael taken in September! He was morbidly obese! No wonder his heart stopped!

  • Readytochokemothernatureonout

    Rest well.

  • stanley

    R.I.P

  • addison

    Sharon Jones!

  • Xsjado

    Doing all those drugs didn't help him either. Rest well George.

  • S T

    Have got no rhythmmmm??....

  • Jussjess25

    ? your right, I jist read up on him and he had such a hard life. With struggling with his sexuality

  • http://olskoolblackflix.com Prof. Taco Juice

    Ricky Harris a.k.a. Malvo from Everybody Hates Chris.

  • Irony

    I didn't watch that show much, but I remember Ricky he was a protegè to the late great Robin Harris. R.I.P my funny brothers!

  • TheRider

    I forgot about Heaven Help Me! Heading to iTunes.....

  • Low E. TUH!

    “He should’ve come out much sooner than later, because I think that made him stressed,” Mr. Fujimoto said.
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    HENCE THE HEART FAILURE...RIP GEORGE!

  • Low E. TUH!

    “He should’ve come out much sooner than later, because I think that made him stressed,” Mr. Fujimoto said.
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    HENCE THE HEART FAILURE...RIP GEORGE!

  • kennedy220

    most gay men or most men?. i don't know about the bug chasing part ..tha's a certain demographic within the gay community...but i see it as men in general seem to be promiscuous

  • https://twitter.com/Chicagowise Chicagowise

    You might have a point.

  • cristalle1

    I saw him 3 times in concert and his vocal mastery and soulful ness was amazing. It seems that many of the 80s icons are passing at relatively young ages. It is hard to see parts of your youth pas away that brought you so much joy. I pray he is reunitedwith his mother in God's graciouspresence. He left a legacy of beautiful music which positively impacted many lives. We will never know the pain some people suffer but it is best to not pass judgement but instead honour their memory with dignity.

  • cristalle1

    Yes he was awesome in concert singing LIVE, no auto tune needed.

  • cristalle1

    Leonard Cohen

  • ?Queen_ CleoJones ?

    Georgie....?