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Soap Stars Share Reaction And Devastation Over The Death Of Pop Icon George Michael

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Christmas Day 2016 will be remembered for yet another huge loss in pop culture and the music industry, in a year that has seen so many beloved public figures lives cut too short.

Late Sunday afternoon, the world learned of the death of pop icon, George Michael at the age of 53.  The British singer, songwriter, musician, died of what at this point is said to be “heart failure”.

“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,” read a statement sent to USA TODAY by Michael’s London-based publicist, Connie Filippello.

The statement went on to say: “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 died in Goring, England.  His U.S. publicist, Cindi Berger told the Associated Press he had not been ill.  The singer was a fierce champion of LGBT rights and came out in a now famous interview in 1998 on CNN.

The Grammy-winning star sold more than 100 million albums globally.  George leaves behind an incredible body of work from his start with Wham to his solo career from: Father Figure to Freedom, to Careless Whisper to Everything She Wants, to Last Christmas to Faith, to Fast Love to One More Try, to Praying For Time and the incredible body of work in the albums: Listen to without Prejudice Pt 1, Older, and Faith, and those are just a small sampling of the songs and works of this artist’s legacy.

Several soap stars, upon learning of the death of George Michael, shared their shock and love for the artist via social media. Below are just a few examples:

Y&R’s Daniel Goddard: “George Michael has passed! Can all the horrible news from 2016 please just stop! #RIPGeorgeMichael #Legend”  Then on an Instagram posted, Goddard shared: “Grew up with his music. Loved his lyrics. Was in awe of his voice. What a colossal loss. #RiPgeorgemichael”

DAYS Eric Martsolf: “Ahh dammit”.

Ex-GL, AMC and B&B star Ricky Paull Goldin:  “Sad to hear about George Michael’s death. I actually wore out my FAITH album back in the day. He was a Big part of my youth. #RIPGeorge”

GH’s Rebecca Budig:  “So sad. A part of my youth…RIP”

Other soap stars such as GH’s Finola Hughes and Laura Wright shared their grief over the loss by simply and effectively posting photos of Michael on Instagram.  For Hughes, their was another connnection to George’s career.  Her husbandm Russell Young, was the photographer of Michael’s Grammy-winning album cover and massive mainstream hit, Faith.

Let us know your reaction to the passing of George Michael, and your favorite song of his in the comment section below.

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Jimh(leave it to beaver)
Jimh(leave it to beaver)

I first seen Wham on MTV-when MTV was all about music and was great-that channel sure went downhill…so many celebs passing away…On Dec.19th Dick Latessa passed away-he played Noel Douglas No.2 on Edge Of Night in the mid 1970s and was involved with the Whytney Family!!!

Eva
Eva

Too many songs to ban as my favorites. If I have to choose one, it would be “Cowboys and Angels”. I attended every one of his concerts in the tri-state area, the last being in 2008 when after surgery and in pain I attended his 25th Anniversary concert in what turned out to be the best concert ever! He was my favorite singer/performer and he will be missed. May he rest peacefully.

Eva
Eva

Sorry, that should read “name”, not “ban”.

Mateo
Mateo

George Michael was more than a pop icon. He had the voice, talent and skill to prove it on stage. So many people identify George as a “part of their youth” or a member of Wham but this man was a songwriter, could sing anything and was probably one of the most underrated talents that came from the 80’s pop world. George Michael was just fantastic. He will be sorely missed. RIP sweet man.

Connor AvidSoapFan
Connor AvidSoapFan

Beautiful so true

soapqueenforever
soapqueenforever

I agree with you Mateo. I loved him since I first saw him in Wham. The beginning of the ” boy bands “. I played his Faith album so many times, I still remember the order of the songs, and I can probably sing every one of them in my sleep. If you haven’t already, look up the song Somebody to Love by Queen on YouTube. George is singing lead with the original Queen band backing him, and not surprisingly he had the crowd in the palm of his hand. Excellent performance in my opinion. Another wonderful talent gone way to soon. Take care and thanks for listening.

Addison
Addison

Beautifully said, Mateo and you too, Soapie. George Michael is possibly the only one who could do that song justice as no one could hit the notes the way Frerddy Mercury could.
I saw George in an interview and he said that while rehearsing this song that he had to start over and over because he kept breaking down in tears while singing the first line,”Each morning I get up and die a little.”
We know how you feel, George.

Patrick
Patrick

I just watched George Michael, 20/20

“Wham” : definition;

used to express the sound of a forcible impact.
“the bombs landed—wham!—right on target”

“solo acts” branch out to own… first thing that came to mind

from 20 he was a superstar
@26 he’s done with it

after his first solo album… “Faith” to his last… videos featuring female persuasion

he quit with honor… dang it took me this long… he quit and steadfasted for us

to the last.. “don’t let the sun… go down on me”

what a salute

I like this guy so much

Patrick
Patrick

@Addison

upon hearing… I went to Youtbe

knowing in my mindset, i’d recognize as soon as I saw it… “kissing a fool”

OMG

classic sophisticate

sophisticated baby

upon real

THANK YOU

elm1951
elm1951

i just don’t have any works right now – i am devastated right now……….

elm1951
elm1951

*words

Lisa
Lisa

Complete shock and disbelief when I saw that on the news feed last night.
Great voice ,great talent ….too young 🙁

JasonLovesGH
JasonLovesGH

Please say hello to Michael and Whitney for us, George. RIP

blake
blake

That was another shocker of a famous death this year. I really liked George Michael and Wham growing up. I had many of his albums and singles, in fact I just recently got spotify to have a large amount of music to listen to at work and I added a lot of George Michael and Wham to it the other day. RIP George.

k/kay
k/kay

Loved his music

Lisa
Lisa

Too much loss, what a miserable year. Especially for those of us who grew up in the 80’s, it feels like 2016 has been an all out assault on our youth. George Michael was a beautiful artist… I’ll never hear ”Last Christmas” the same way again. 🙁

Addison
Addison

I feel like I have been double sucker punched. I never expected the eternally boyish George Michael to die so young and I never expected it to hit me so hard.
He won my respect with “Kissing a Fool” which played on the television (which was always tunned onto MTV while I hit the books) in my studio apartment in SF back when I was a young undergraduate. I was not a fan of Wham at all so when I heard the throaty alto of the bass strum in conjunction with George Michael’s pitch perfect voice ,coupled with the visual of him filmed in black and white with a jazz quartet, I was like–who IS that?
That’s when he won me over and trust me, I am a really tough music critic.
“You are far, when I could have been your star.”

How can this be? And thank you for posting this, Mr Fairman.

JMER
JMER

Check the liner notes of your ‘Faith’ album. Finola posted the cover of the ‘Faith’ album, because her husband, photographer Russell Young, shot the cover for it. It wasn’t merely just her posting a pic of him in tribute, shock or love. It meant more than that. She was asked about her husband’s connection to him on twitter and, she typed, ‘Gutted,’ with the same cover.

I love all of George’s music, but what I found myself listening to after hearing the news was his duets: ‘As’ with Mary J Blige, ‘Learn to Say No’ with Jody Watley, ‘I Knew You Were Waiting for Me’ with Aretha Franklin, ‘How do You Keep the Music Playing’ with Tony Bennett, ‘Heal the Pain’ with Paul McCartney, ‘Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me’ with Elton John, ‘Wrap Her Up’ with Elton John, and ‘This is Not Real Love’ with Mutya.

JMER
JMER

And British soap star, Martin Kemp, from EastEnders (and rock star bassist with Spandau Ballet) was good friends with George because he introduced him to his future wife, Shirlie, who was George’s backup singer in Wham!

‘I was completely obsessed with Shirlie. I’d seen her on Top of the Pops doing, I think it was Wham! Rap, wearing this white dress with a big slit up the side and I was in love with her,’ Martin remembered.

Mo
Mo

I was in shock and disbelief when my mother told me.

I loved Wham! and George. I am so glad I saw him in concert when he came to the U.S. a few years ago.

George was a very talented songwriter. His lyrics amazed me with his creativity.

Very sad, but his music will live on. RIP

JMER
JMER

Me too! I was expecting it’d be the last time he toured the US because he comes here so infrequently so was glad I nabbed a seat although I never thought he wouldn’t come back due to an early death. He truly is one of the top 5 standout artists that began their careers in the 80s for me and I will miss the occasional news, videos. and singles overseas from him

jaybird369
jaybird369

I cannot believe that George Michael has passed away. Beyond sad. Rest In Peace, George.

Amen.

Timmm
Timmm

I had always wished George would do a follow-up to “Faith” or him and Andrew would reunite and tour. So sad.

Mo
Mo

“part of my youth”

George’s music is still a part of my life. Yes, I listened to him in my youth, but still do today and it is still FANTASTIC!

JMER
JMER

Agreed! And I caught that reference to the first Wham! album.

Mo
Mo

🙂

Janet
Janet

He had an amazingly good voice, loved his ballad singing, we lost some one really special.

Mo
Mo

One of my friends told me that her sons and nieces and nephews (who are all adults) don’t know who George Michael is. I find that to be really sad. Just because you’re not alive when maybe a musician is in their heyday doesn’t mean you shouldn’t still be aware of them or introduced to them. Granted, I guess pop/R&B isn’t their type of music.

JMER
JMER

Looking forward to the documentary on his life that he finished up before his death and the reissue of Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1. It’s almost as if both he and Bowie knew they were going to die and had forthcoming projects as a gift to us post-life on Earth.

Allen Saint James
Allen Saint James

Master male vocalist, superb songwriter, pop idol, sex symbol….
George Michael showcased such a full spectrum of maleness. One might say he would be treated with similar regard and respect as
The King Of Pop and Prince
Had he suffered through his angsty uneasy feelings about fame and celebrity and calculations of image instead of removing himself too early from
His Popstar aspirations. I Love him so much and im very grateful to the universe for his presence un rgis world . Just like a muse too me

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