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Wham's George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 30/03/84

Wham's George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 30/03/84

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George Michael with BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright. 31/08/90

George Michael with BBC Radio 1 DJ Steve Wright. 31/08/90

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Princes Diana, Patron of the National Aids Trust talking to George Michael as Mick Hucknall looks on ahead of a concert of Hope at Wembley Arena in London, to mark World Aids Day. 01/12/93

Princes Diana, Patron of the National Aids Trust talking to George Michael as Mick Hucknall looks on ahead of a concert of Hope at Wembley Arena in London, to mark World Aids Day. 01/12/93

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George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham at Heathrow Airport before leaving for a tour of Japan. 05/01/85

George Michael and Andrew Ridgeley of Wham at Heathrow Airport before leaving for a tour of Japan. 05/01/85

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George Michael outside his house in Highgate, north London, after being released from prison, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.  11/10/10

George Michael outside his house in Highgate, north London, after being released from prison, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 11/10/10

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George Michael collecting his Ivor Novello award at London's Grosvenor House for his album Faith to be international hit of the year, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 04/04/89

George Michael collecting his Ivor Novello award at London's Grosvenor House for his album Faith to be international hit of the year, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 04/04/89

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Paul McCartney  with George Michael performing during the LIVE8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, as George Michael has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure. 11/05/11

Paul McCartney with George Michael performing during the LIVE8 Concert in Hyde Park, London, as George Michael has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure. 11/05/11

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Wham's Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael (right). Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 08/10/84

Wham's Andrew Ridgeley and George Michael (right). Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 08/10/84

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George Michael leaving Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London, after he appeared charged with driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed into a high street shop.

George Michael leaving Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London, after he appeared charged with driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed into a high street shop.

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George Michael performing at Wembley Stadium in London, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

George Michael performing at Wembley Stadium in London, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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George Michael of Wham performing at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

George Michael of Wham performing at the Live Aid concert at Wembley Stadium in London, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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George Michael and Kenny Goss arriving for Attitude Magazine's 10th Birthday Party at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in central London. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

George Michael and Kenny Goss arriving for Attitude Magazine's 10th Birthday Party at the Atlantic Bar & Grill in central London. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

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File photo dated 24/08/10 of the Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, north London, which George Michael crashed into in his Range Rover, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

File photo dated 24/08/10 of the Snappy Snaps store in Hampstead, north London, which George Michael crashed into in his Range Rover, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

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File photo dated 19/04/2000 of George Michael and Geri Halliwell arriving for the 95.8 Capital FM London Awards in London, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

File photo dated 19/04/2000 of George Michael and Geri Halliwell arriving for the 95.8 Capital FM London Awards in London, as the pop superstar has died peacefully at home, his publicist said.

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File photo dated 11/04/99 of Tom Jones (left) and George Michael performing a duet during a tribute concert to Sir Paul McCartney's late wife Linda, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 25, 2016. See PA story DEATH Michael. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

File photo dated 11/04/99 of Tom Jones (left) and George Michael performing a duet during a tribute concert to Sir Paul McCartney's late wife Linda, held at the Royal Albert Hall in London. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Sunday December 25, 2016. See PA story DEATH Michael. Photo credit should read: Sean Dempsey/PA Wire

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File photo dated 07/12/06 of George Michael performing at the Point Depot in Dublin, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 26, 2016. See PA story DEATH Michael. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

File photo dated 07/12/06 of George Michael performing at the Point Depot in Dublin, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo. Issue date: Monday December 26, 2016. See PA story DEATH Michael. Photo credit should read: Niall Carson/PA Wire

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(FILES): This file photo taken on September 6, 1997 shows pop stars George Michael (L) and Elton John (R) leaving Westminster Abbey following the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. 
British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday, December 25, 2016.
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(FILES): This file photo taken on September 6, 1997 shows pop stars George Michael (L) and Elton John (R) leaving Westminster Abbey following the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday, December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / AFP POOL / Adam ButlerADAM BUTLER/AFP/Getty Images

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(FILES): This file photo taken on September 6, 1997 shows pop stars George Michael (L) and Elton John (R) leaving Westminster Abbey following the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. 
British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday, December 25, 2016.
 / AFP PHOTO / AFP POOL / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images

(FILES): This file photo taken on September 6, 1997 shows pop stars George Michael (L) and Elton John (R) leaving Westminster Abbey following the funeral service of Diana, Princess of Wales. British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on Sunday, December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / AFP POOL / JOHNNY EGGITTJOHNNY EGGITT/AFP/Getty Images

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George Michael performing during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London.

George Michael performing during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London.

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(FILES) This file photo taken on May 8, 2007 shows British pop star George Michael (L) arriving at Brent Magistrates Court in west London, as he faces charges of driving while unfit through drugs.
British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS YOUNGCHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images

(FILES) This file photo taken on May 8, 2007 shows British pop star George Michael (L) arriving at Brent Magistrates Court in west London, as he faces charges of driving while unfit through drugs. British pop singer George Michael, who rose to fame with the band Wham! and sold more than 100 million albums in his career, has died aged 53, his publicist said on December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / CHRIS YOUNGCHRIS YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images

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(FILES) This file photo taken on June 09, 2007 shows British pop singer George Michael performing during his 25 Live concert at the Wembley Stadium in London.
George Michael died aged 53, according to his publicist on December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

(FILES) This file photo taken on June 09, 2007 shows British pop singer George Michael performing during his 25 Live concert at the Wembley Stadium in London. George Michael died aged 53, according to his publicist on December 25, 2016. / AFP PHOTO / ADRIAN DENNISADRIAN DENNIS/AFP/Getty Images

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Wham's George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley. Pop superstar Mr Michael has died peacefully at home, his publicist said. 30/03/84

Richard Osman, who, prior to moving front of camera on Pointless, served as executive producer on several Channel 4 shows including Deal or No Deal, 8 out of 10 Cats and 10 O’Clock Live, has revealed a heartwarming anecdote about George Michael the morning after his death

The presenter recalled how one contestant on the Noel Edmonds game show revealed that she was hoping to win £15,000 in order to pay for her IVF treatment.

When she fell short of the sum, George Michael, apparently watching a bit of daytime TV at home, phoned in the next day and gave her the full amount.

He didn’t shout about the altruistic act, which remained a secret until his death.

In addition to his famous Band Aid stint, Michael was also a patron of the Rainbow Trust, helping to raise money for terminally ill children.

He was quoted as saying: "Loss is such an incredibly difficult thing. I bow down to people who actually have to deal with the loss of a child".

The singer died on Christmas Day at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure; many fans have been paying tribute with poignant plays of his Wham! classic ‘Last Christmas’.

Sir Elton John, who collaborated with Michael on 'Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me', joined Madonna and more in tweeting about him, writing: "I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist."

2016 has seen a number of major musicians pass, chiefly David Bowie and Leonard Cohen.

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Flowers and candles left in memory of George Michael outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Flowers and candles left in memory of George Michael outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Flowers and candles left in memory of George Michael outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Flowers and candles left in memory of George Michael outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Children lay flowers outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Children lay flowers outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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A woman lays flowers outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

A woman lays flowers outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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A man leaves flowers outside George Michael's London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

A man leaves flowers outside George Michael's London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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People arrive to leave flowers outside George Michael's London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

People arrive to leave flowers outside George Michael's London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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A George Michael fan outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

A George Michael fan outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Mill Cottage, the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Mill Cottage, the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Mill Cottage, the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Mill Cottage, the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Floral tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Floral tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Floral tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

Floral tributes are left outside the Goring house of George Michael in Oxfordshire as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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Flowers and candles left in memory of George Michael outside his London home, as the pop superstar has died at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure.

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