“I am thinking of @GeorgeMichael’s family, friends and fans right now,” he wrote in an extended tweet. “He was so loved and I hope he knew it because the sadness today is beyond words. Devastating. What a beautiful voice he had and his music will live on as a testament to his talent. I can’t believe he is gone.”
Boy George concluded, “I hope the Buddha will hold him in his arms. NMRK.” (“NMRK” stands for “Namu Myōhō Renge Kyō,” a Buddhist chant.)
The two icons of the 1980s were rumored to have feuded over the years but seemingly reconciled. Both performed on “Do They Know It’s Christmas,” a track written by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure and performed in 1984 along with many other stars of the day for Band Aid, a concert raising funds to help the famine in Ethiopia.