Christmas Day night, news broke that pop superstar George Michael, 53, has died.
His family have asked for privacy at this sad time.
Rumours about the cause of death have begun but most people are just remembering what a brilliant performer George was.
A super talented man who in some ways never reached his full musical potential.
Has 2016 been an exceptionally bad year for celebrity deaths or are we just more informed with 24/7 news, the Internet and social media?
Days ago it was announced Status Quo guitarist Rick Parfitt had died but there have been so many celebrity deaths this year including David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, Greg Lake, Victoria Wood, Glenn Frey and Mohammed Ali.
While some like Zsa Zsa Gaor who died last week were very old others like musician Prince died way too young.
Terry Wogan, Merle Haggard, rapper Phife Dawg, actors Gene Wilder, Alan Rickman and Garry Shandling also left this world in 2016.
Lemmy, Motorhead frontman died December 28, 2015, and was buried January 9, 2016, Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Los Angeles, California, United States, so in some ways he set the ball rolling.
One of George Michael's most popular songs from his Wham years "Last Christmas" seems particularly poignant tonight.
Latest January 5, 2017:
The post mortem was inconclusive leading to further tests.
"Following his death aged 53 over Christmas, George Michael will be laid to rest in not one, but two ceremonies, later this month. George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz says he slept in his car the night the singer died aloneHaving two memorial services will allow both family and friends to pay their respects, before fans are given the chance to attend a big memorial concert. George’s old friend and collaborator Elton John will be performing at one of the funerals, according to The Daily Star, after he recently shed tears during a tribute song in Las Vegas." Metro
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