Tragic George Michael’s closest celebrity friends are planning a memorial concert in tribute to the singer and his incredible talent. George passed away on Christmas Day at the age of just 53, with his former manager saying that he had suffered heart failure.
Now, a number of A list friends are planning the ultimate tribute to the Wham! star. His close pals, including Elton John, Bob Geldof and Mariah Carey are understood to be making plans to hold a memorial event.
It is thought that the concert will raise money for charitable causes which the Last Christmas singer supported generously during his life. Both Sir Elton and Bob sang along with George in the Life Aid event, which raised millions for impoverished famine victims in Africa in 1985.
Proper send off
And, while the memorial concert will clearly not be on such a large scale, George’s friends are keen to give him the send off he deserves as a talented and influential artist. Others who have already expressed an interest in taking part are George’s former Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, along with soul legend Aretha Franklin.
According to a source, while the event is in the very early planning stages, it is likely to take the form of a memorial concert and will raise cash for charities close to George’s heart. While George had lived his life very privately as much as he could, the true scale of his incredible generosity only emerged following his death on Christmas Day.
A number of charities and people who he had secretly helped have come forward to say how generous he was. George was known to be a staunch supporter of Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Suport.
His celebrity friends have already paid tribute on social media, tweeting that his talent will live on in his incredible voice and body of work.