Just days after the iconic singer's death, George Michael's family have released a heartfelt statement on Wednesday (Dec. 28). They revealed that they were "touched beyond words" with the "outpour of love" fans have shown since his passing on Christmas Day.
Michael's publicist shared the statement, saying: "The family and close friends of George have been touched beyond words by the incredible outpouring of love for him in the hours and days since his death. For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world at large, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received."
"From the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times," his family added.
George's publicist announced the news that the singer had passed away aged 53 on Christmas Day. In a statement to Hello!, he wrote: "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. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
The Wham! star was born Georgious Kyriacos Panayiotou in North London in 1963. He sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career which spanned almost four decades. His song "Last Christmas" was one of his former band's most well-known classic hits and a special part of the festive season for millions around the world.