Still mourning the loss of a legend
By Diane Cooke
Legendary singer George Michael died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day 2016 and the world has mourned ever since.
His funeral took place in March last year after the death was finally confirmed as natural causes. He had a dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, with myocarditis, inflammation of the heart, and fatty liver.
George was found dead in bed in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz.
The celebrity hairstylist said: “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed."
The result was global outpourings of grief and many stories of the star's generosity which had been largely unknown.
Pointless co-presenter Richard Osman opened up about George helping out a woman in need during his time as the executive producer on Deal or No Deal.
He tweeted: "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's tweet prompted responses from others who had their own stories about George, with one replying to the tweet: "When I worked for a big charity we had a huge donation from him after his mum died," while another added: "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."
Another supporter of the star shared a BBC article revealing that George had given a free concert to NHS nurses to say thank you for looking after his late mother, while another tweeted: "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."
A biography about the late pop singer revealed that he had a special bond with Princess Diana.
David Nolan's biography ‘George Michael, Freedom, The Ultimate Tribute 1963-2016’ reveals he was one of Diana's closest confidantes, sharing private meetings, phone calls, and wine-fuelled tête-à-tête with her.
The late Wham! singer, who met the Princess of Wales backstage at a World AIDS Day Concert in Wembley Arena, London, disclosed it was 'very clear' that she was 'very attracted' to him, according to the DailyMail.
She even confessed the details of her impending divorce from Charles in 1996 on a recording made at the singer's house in Hampstead, London, and told him she had to escape the 'not-very-loving royals' at any cost.
“Not a very loving, compassionate family, this one I'm leaving,” she once told him.
“There were certain things that happened that made it very clear that she was very attracted to me. There was no question,” he revealed.