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This Is How Celebrities Reacted To George Michael's Death

"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist." –Elton John.

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Iconic singer-songwriter George Michael has died at the age of 53.

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A host of celebrities have taken to social media to express their sadness at the news.

His Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley posted these touching messages.

Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at…

God didn't give it, you did my old friend. Cleft with grief. A xx

Elton John shared a photo of his close friend.

Instagram: @eltonjohn

Madonna paid her respects.

Farewell My Friend! 🙏🏻 Another Great Artist leaves us. 💔Can 2016 Fuck Off NOW?

While other celebrities also mourned the music legend.

Instagram: @cindycrawford

I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.

George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham

I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.

Is this year over yet? Too many people are passing away. Rest In Peace, George Michael. ☹️

No, not George Michael as well. Another musical great leaves us this year. 2016 can just sod off. #RIPGeorge

Some shared amazing stories like this one.

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.

But mainly those from the world of music shared their own messages.

I met George Michael a few times & he was ever a gentle, unassuming soul.A rare presence in a world full of self. Honest, genuine talent.

We are incredibly sad at the passing of our dear friend George Michael. A brilliant artist & great songwriter. Spandau Ballet / Steve Dagger

My whole family and I are devestated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!

Miss you already! Thank you for your radical activism in the LGBTQ community! Love you always! @happyhippiefdn

other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx

Rest in peace George. You were always one of the greatest.

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