Following the death of George Michael, people on social media have been flagging the incredible charitable work he did, much of which slipped under the radar.
Pointless host Richard Osman shared an extraordinary example of his secret benevolence:
A woman responded to Osman claiming to be the recipient of the money, and said that she never knew it came from Michael. BuzzFeed News has contacted her to find out more.
Comedian David Walliams later revealed that Michael had made a huge donation to Sport Relief.
Others have added their examples of the singer’s kindness.
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Childline founder Esther Rantzen said Michael dedicated the proceeds from the song “Jesus to a Child” to the charity and that he was determined that no one outside the charity should know “how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children.”
Michael’s official website points out much of his altruism was “undocumented”. However, it does list some of the publicly known work he did, including:
• His performance on Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas”
• The fact Wham! royalties from the “Last Christmas/Everything She Wants” single were donated to Ethiopian famine relief.
• The proceeds from “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me” going to AIDS hospice London Lighthouse and the Rainbow Trust children’s charity.
• His work for AIDS research charity the Red Hot Foundation, his appearance on the War Child charity album, and appearances at the NetAid and Equality Rocks charity shows.
•The money he raised for Comic Relief with his version of “True Faith”.
Richard Osman is the host of Pointless. An earlier version of this post stated he had hosted Deal or No Deal.