George Michael Posters, Freedom On Walkman: Twinkle Khanna's Tweet Is All Of Us

George Michael Posters, Freedom On Walkman: Twinkle Khanna's Tweet Is All Of Us

George Michael died peacefully at home, said his publicist. (Image by George Michael)

Highlights

  • Twinkle and Bipasha recounted their youth and George Michael's songs
  • George Michael died peacefully at home, said his publicist
  • The singer and his songs have been trending on Twitter
New Delhi: Author Twinkle Khanna's tweet about growing up with George Michael on her walls and Walkman will strike a chord with every kid who grew up in the Eighties and Nineties. George Michael died "peacefully at home over the Christmas period," his publicist told news agency AFP. He was 53. The Wham! frontman's death caps a year already gloomy with the loss of such legends as David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen. A massive outpouring of grief online has marked what was literally the singer's last Christmas. In India, celebrities like musician AR Rahman and actors Abhishek Bachchan, Dia Mirza, Richa Chadha and Bipasha Basu added their tributes to Twinkle's. For many, George Michael and Wham! provided the soundtrack to their teenage years. Several celebs associated their youth with George Michael's hit numbers and some roundly abused 2016 for taking away so many of music's greats. On Twitter, George Michael and his songs - among them, Last Christmas, Careless Whispers and Faith - have been trending.

Twinkle, 42, summed up being a teen in the Wham! years:
 

Here are some other reactions:
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

International celebs also grieved on Twitter. Madonna, Elton John, Dwayne Johnson, Ellen DeGeneres and George Michael's Wham! partner Andrew Ridgeley posted moving tributes.

George Michael, real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, was one of the top pop stars from 1981 to the mid-1990s, first as one half of Wham! and then as a solo artist. His greatest hits include Last Christmas, Freedom, Careless Whisper, Wake Me Up Before You Go Go, Faith and Father Figure. He won various awards over a career spanning three decades, including two Grammys and three Brit Awards. George Michael's last album, Symphonica, topped the charts in 2014.