A year on from superstar George Michael’s shock death on Christmas Day (December 25) last year, the singer’s family have remembered George with a touching message to fans.
In an update on his website, George’s family remembered some of the year’s highlights (like Listen Without Prejudice getting to number one in the charts again) while also acknowledging that Christmas would be difficult without the singer this year.
“This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog, not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘December Song’ streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he’s no longer here with us, missing him,” they wrote.
“This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss, and that the sadness of our wider family, and true friends, is shared by many of you.”
The message went on to encourage fans to honour George’s memory by raising a glass to him and enjoying his music, before urging everyone to be open and honest with their loved ones and say what needs to be said before it’s too late.
“We are at ‘that age’ and realise that this year many of you will have had difficult losses too,” it continued.
“Yog, who loved Christmas, and always hoped it would snow… would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends.
“As we all know Christmas is not always easy, life isn’t perfect, and families are complicated…
“Yog shared his music with all of us, and many of you connected deeply with his words, yet in life, many hold their own important words and feelings inside, as so often they are the hardest to say out loud.
“So if you can, in his memory this year, take a moment and a deep breath and say those ‘I Love You’s’ out loud.We all think there is time, don’t we? – but, just maybe, it’s later than you think…
“Have a good Christmas everyone…and as our darling Yog would say…
George Michael passed away from natural causes on December 25, 2016 and was laid to rest in a small, private funeral three months later, after an initial post-mortem examination proved inconclusive and caused a lengthy delay.
Listen to one of Michael’s biggest hits again below:
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