Dutch celebs shocked by George Michael's death
Celebrities around the world, including in the Netherlands, responded with shock and dismay to the news of George Michael's death. His manager announced that the British singer died at his home in London and was found on Christmas morning, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
"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", a representative said in a statement to BBC. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
According to his manager, the singer died from heart failure. This has not been confirmed by the authorities, but the local police did say there is no evidence of suspicious circumstances.
Dutch celebrities reacted dismayed to the news. "I am sad. What a horrible year for music. George Michael. 53 years. I'm just really sad." DJ Gerard Ekdom wrote on Twitter.
"Unbelievable" Leo Blokhuis responded. Conrald Maas posted a YouTube video of George Michael song You Have Been Loved. "George Michael. Not really, right? On Christmas Day?!" said DJ Domein Verschuuren.
International celebrities could also not believe the news. "George? George Michael? No... it cannot be. Beyond sad", Queen guitarist Brian May tweeted. "So sorry to hear of the passing of George Michael. My prayers and condolences go out to his family, friends and fans." said singer Gloria Gaynor.
George Michael became famous with the band Wham! in the 80's. The band was known for hits like Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go. After five years with Wham! Michael went solo. His solo debut was Careless Whisper, which reached the number one spot in numerous charts, including in the Netherlands.
In total George Michael sold over 100 million albums during his 40 year career. He won two Grmamy's and made it to the Top 40 in the Netherlands nine times, two of which were with Wham!.