BREAKING: George Michael Dies At Age 53

Yet another parting shot from 2016. The BBC reports:

Singer George Michael has died aged 53, his publicist has said. The star, who launched his career with Wham! in the 1980s and later continued his success as a solo performer, is said to have “passed away peacefully at home”. Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

Police say they were treating the death as unexplained but there were no suspicious circumstances. In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “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.”

More from Rolling Stone:

Michael sold more than 100 million albums in his lifetime, bridging teenybopper pop and R&B both with Wham!, a duo that also featured singer Andrew Ridgeley, and as a solo artist. Michael was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in London on June 25th, 1963. His first single with Wham!, “Young Guns (Go for It!),” came out in 1982, when he was 19, and became an immediate hit in the U.K. single, making it to Number Three there.

They had a major international hit in 1984 with the danceable pop single “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” which went to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic. The duo also scored Number One hits in the U.S. with the soulful ballad “Careless Whisper” and the catchy “Everything She Wants.”

Although “Careless Whisper” appeared on Wham!’s Make It Big album, it came out as a George Michael solo single in 1984. Three years later, he put out his solo debut LP, Faith, which went to Number One on both sides of the Atlantic, thanks to singles like the title track, “Father Figure” and “I Want Your Sex.” The album sold more than 25 million copies worldwide. His follow-up, Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1, made it to Number Two in the U.S., thanks to “Praying for Time” and “Freedom ’90.”

His popularity as a solo artist waned in the Nineties, but he experienced a comeback with 2004’s Patience, which debuted at Number One on the UK albums chart and peaked at Number 12 on the Billboard 200. His 2014 album, Symphonica, which found him singing with a symphony, went gold in the U.K.

  • UrsusArctos

    Annnnnd 2016 keeps on sucking. RIP

  • BostonBud

    Fuck you 2016

    • Robert Conner

      2016, the year the music died.

      • pch1013

        And democracy. And hope.

    • I am a HUGE fan…rest easy and go swiftly George…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AlhNXczYm-w

    • John B.

      My sentiment exactly. My father is in a nursing home following a massive stroke, my cat–my baby–died suddenly in May, my husband was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer in October and had a radical prostatectomy the day after that awful election. And yeah, I loved George Michael and “Faith” was one of my favorite albums in the late 1980’s. I would look forward to 2017 except that means inauguration day (and I live in DC).

      • TampaDink

        Hang tough, my friend.

  • chadlybrown

    I blame trump.

    • MBear

      I blame assange

      • Lumpy Gaga

        “MBear knows who I AM!!”

        — Julian Assange

  • Jeffg166

    Yet Trump is still here. Why?

    • safari

      He’s a soul eater.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      He’s using the cursed antique Pat Robertson is using.

      • safari

        Jerry Falwell’s left paw?

    • Alan S. Lee

      I am afraid he will be here for a while. His old man lived to his 90s, even though his older brother died in his 40s(?). That poor soul drank himself to death, really not surprising considering what an asshole brother he had to deal with. Ironically, Fred Jr.’s self-destruction scared Donald Trump not to ever touch even one drop of alcohol. So his dead brother might have given his own decades of life to this undeserving psychopath. So Donald Trump will probably be here for a long time, unfortunately!!

      • Guest

        Well, Donald Trump does eat a ton of fast food. His he is fat and will gain a lot as president. Obama worked out and Trump will not.

      • Guest

        And Trump stole the part of inheritance for his brother, promising as part of the theft to take care of the healthcare of his needs driven nephew, only to break that promise when the paper was still waiting for the ink to dry. This creature is beyond sick.

    • Guest

      I struggle with if 2016 has been worse for those where we enjoyed their talents, TV, movie, music, etc. or if those of us at a certain age, the later years of the Baby Boomers, are just at that age where the people we watched are older and chances of their passing are greater.

      I have come to accept those in their late 30′ or in their 40’s when I was in junior high, are now at an age where I am not surprised. And then we get someone at 53, way, way too young.

      I hope it is just a bad year, 2016, and the upcoming years are not so bad. I also grasp on to the joy that we still have MTM, Dick Vandike, Betty White, Luke Halpin (the beautiful boy in Flipper, who helped me realize as a kid of about 4 that I was different, that I liked boys, even if I could not name it, and knew to be quiet until I was older, that it was still normal for me), and so many more.

      • samcollins

        Ah, yes…Flipper…it was actually the dad that did it for me.

      • Piercedchrlz

        Mmmmm…it was Brian Kelly (the Father) for me. I was transfixed.

        • BillyDee4

          i lusted after both Luke and the dad. i was a little younger than Luke.

          • Guest

            I was younger than luke by about 14 years. Just seeing him shirtless was amazing.

            I do see a GoFundMe page on his fighting cancer and Alzheimer’s. Reminder that child stars especially back then had very few protections for financial returns, no money beyond the original payment, no money for reruns or syndication. Adult stars were not much better. It was strong unions that got the stars better deals. It was strong unions, just like the NFL, etc., The unions the right hates. It was really Lucille Ball and Desi Arnez, by owning their studio, that first won better contracts for themselves, setting a pace.

            I never know if I can trust a GoFundMe page. I wish there was a way to truly verify the requestor and the reason. Maybe GoFundMe can come up with a verification system. I need to think about donating to him, only since he did help me realize who I was, to thus be careful to not let it slip to my family at a young age. Well, that, and for the hours of watching him shirtless on TV, and my smiling, etc.

    • He is here to remind us that the human spirit prevails! Hitler is dead and Germany is a vibrant country. We can all fall on the pile of human self-pity, of helplessness or we can be the phoenix that rises from the ashes – more beautiful, stronger and life-giving. I would recommend the Huffington Post that posted the great things that happened in 2016. Show the world that decent Americans can and will over-come this “lesson” Hillary won by 3 million votes. helthehatter.tumblr.com
      Put on the song “Rise Up Rise UP” by parachute club.
      2017 will be a year where individuals – you and me – are challenged to ‘rise up’ – It might mean volunteering or donating money or becoming politically active. If you value Hillary then do what Hillary has done in the past, is doing now, and will do in the future – MAKE A DIFFERENCE where you are planted. A powerful and fulfilling New Year 2017 to you all.

      • kaydenpat

        Well said. Get up, stand up!

      • Piercedchrlz

        A thousand times yes! I started making changes (sober, smoke free, yoga) I am creating my own hope! I need to face the coming years with clear eyes, clear mind and steely resolve. I have also decided that I will be treated as I should wether you call yourself my friend, family, co-worker, or foe I will no longer silently let others treat me direspectfully. I will be polite but I will educate you (first, I typed execute you…😁maybe shoulda left it in) with resolve. Things, they are a changin’.

        I will be my own best hope!

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          • ChrisMorley

            FLAGGED and REPORTED

      • Piercedchrlz
    • I am a HUGE fan…rest easy and go swiftly George…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goroyZbVdlo

      • Stephen Elliot Phillips

        I love this song. Still as relevant today as it was in the very earli 1990’s
        Dammit all to hell. 2016 sucks. My favorite male singer is dead.

        • And it’s hard to love, there’s so much to hate
          Hanging on to hope
          When there is no hope to speak of
          And the wounded skies above say it’s much too late
          Well maybe we should all be praying for time

        • Goodboy

          Mine too :*(

      • Todd20036

        I read that as “Lust without Prejudice”

        Oh dear.

      • Goodboy

        Me too. I’ve worn out that album.

      • RobynWatts

        Thank you. “Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1” was, IMHO, George’s best work.

        R.I.P. George Michael. ;>(

    • kaydenpat

      So is Dick Cheney. Sigh.

  • Martin

    Wasn’t he in a terrible car accident some time ago?
    I wonder if it may have had something to do with it.

    • JCF

      I remember he nearly died, what, 10 year ago? Or more? From illness—thought to be HIV-related.

  • bkmn

    Another big loss for the year.

  • HoneyBoySmith

    2016. Annus horribilis.

  • licuado de platano

    Happy Fucking Christmas! ughhh

  • seant426

    2016 can go suck an egg.

  • Robert Conner
  • MBear

    2016: go fuck yourself

  • ralphb

    Not the biggest Wham fan, but Faith and Listen Without Prejudice were freakin’ brilliant albums, and his performance at the Freddie Mercury tribute was one for the ages. Lived an unapologetic life, and good for him. RIP sir.

  • seant426
  • Anastasia Beaverhousen

    So saddened. Saw him on his 25th anniversary tour. I hate 2016! So many taken and our best friend is slowly dying from ovarian cancer. I need a drink.

    • Jude Newton

      I lost three very close people this year almost back to back. It has been a horrible year all around. So sorry to hear of your friend.

    • MT YVR

      Presently sitting in cardiac ICU waiting for the husband to be discharged so we can go home. Friday he had a heart attack (damned Princess Leia tried to steal the queen’s shtick). Obviously not major but I tell ya, I’ll be drinking a portion for him tonight. Just trying to keep him alive, dontchaknow.

      2016 can fuck itself.

      • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

        I hope you have stern words with your husband on the way home and tell him that he has absolutely no business checking out at this point. I’ll drink one (or several) on his behalf too. All the best to the both of you.

        • MT YVR

          He was cooking dinner when it hit. I toooold him he could’ve just ASKED and I’d have cooked.

          And he knows not to check out. I’m the one who gets to determine when he goes.

          • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

            There are no ends some people will go to to slack off. Nevertheless after you’ve read him the riot act give him a bit of a smooch on behalf of a completely random bloke on the internet who’s rooting for the both of you. This year is completely exhausting.

          • MT YVR

            He’s home!

            (sotto voice) And not in a jar. Win!

          • thatotherjean

            Excellent! Wishing him (and you) a swift, uncomplicated recovery.

          • BillyDee4

            Whenever she was upset, especially when she was not the center of attention, my mother would fake a heart attack and go to the hospital. She had on the day i got married. Whenever someone asked after her, s
            we all would tell them she had an attack and then we would laugh out loud.

      • Grumpy Old Man

        If he can hang on till next Sunday he will have escaped the cursed year – if I could pray, I would. I will donate to ACLU with you in mind.

      • Anastasia Beaverhousen

        Take care of him and you.

      • djcoastermark

        Here’s a toast to hoping better days ahead for the both of you.

      • FAEN

        I’m so sorry to hear that. Wish him well and hugs to you both.

      • Gustav2

        Been there, done that, fuck the t-shirt.

        Hang in there.

      • kaydenpat

        Sending positive vibes your Hubby’s way.

      • SoCalGal20

        Good news that your husband was released so soon. Here’s to no more heart attacks!

        Happy holidays to you both.

    • FAEN

      That’s awful. I’m sorry.

  • Sashineb

    Oh, no. Rest in peace, George.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fDxzQJaA228

  • Tallahassee

    Damn it.

  • Charles Manuel P.

    Fuck this year, so much. Goddamn it…..

  • FatNance

    I was in high school when Wham! broke up. I didn’t want to go to school. I woulda have gotten frisky with George Michael in tha park bathroom in Los Angeles. He was only 6 years older than me. Wow. He had such a great early career, but then due to various issues it sort of just petered out…

    I’ll stop babbling now and go play “Father Figure” on repeat as a tribute.

  • Bill T.

    2016 is still being a motherfucker.

  • Blake J Butler

    Still trying to go down as the shitiest year in history 2016?

    Tried to take Princess Leia, now Georgie Is the latest one you’ve taken ? Make my year take Huckabee, Cruz, or that crypt keeper Pat Robertson.

  • Wendy Veto

    2016 can fucking kiss my ass. I am so done with this bullshit year and I really wish I could convince myself that next year will be better.

  • beariac
  • Lawerence Collins

    Don’t let the sun go down on me.
    Papa was a rolling stone.
    Two great covers by Michael.
    I was hoping this wasn’t true. Just like Whitney Houston and Donna Summer. I’m in total shock😱😖😖😖😭

    • kaydenpat

      We’re all shocked. He’s so young and I don’t recall him having any health issues. What a shame.

      • Lawerence Collins

        He was sick a while back with pneumonia really bad. I’m glad this years over.

  • we’re still here

    2016 is cursed. RIP GM. 53 is way too young.

    • Lawerence Collins

      I’m 53. In August a week after his 56th birthday. My brother died suddenly from G6PD. I have something very rare as well. He’d only been ill for a day.

      • we’re still here

        I am so sorry, Lawrence. Heartbreaking.

        • Lawerence Collins

          Thank you. My brother was one of a kind.

      • Alan S. Lee

        So sorry for your loss. Can you do regular check-ups about your condition? Would hate it when something tragic happens so suddenly. Hope you are well.

        • Lawerence Collins

          I have Evans Syndrome. It’s very rare. The symptoms are numerous. It took three years just for them to figure out what it was. There’s nothing I can do, as far as checkups.

      • Oscarlating Wildely

        Truly tragic. I hope that your memories of him and your time together will offer some comfort throughout your life. The holidays are always very difficult during loss. I hope that your recollections offered some solace for your pain.

  • houstonray

    First concert I ever went to as a youngster was Wham! here in Houston. It is still one of my greatest memories. RIP Michael, I hope you are at peace. All of my childhood is passing away. I just can’t stand it.

    Jeezus H….and we still have a week to go in this Godforsaken freakin year…

  • worstcultever

    Wow. He was great. Sadz. Fuck.

  • BeaverTales

    Goodbye to one of my first boyhood crushes. We’ll see you on the other side, if there is one…
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hktHI4fGydE
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yf_Lwe6p-Cg

  • Oscarlating Wildely

    I recall seeing “Freedom” for the first time on MTV, yes, that was when they still played musical videos, and thinking “there is no-one in here that is not completely and utterly doable and absolutely drop dead gorgeous.” Such a gorgeous work!

    And 2016 claims another Queer icon. God damn it, hold on Elton John!

    And can’t Robertson just catch something for god sake!

  • ByronK

    Raising a glass to George. Way too soon…it’s just like, aww, fuck it.

  • djcoastermark

    I had been hoping this year would end on SOME kind of happy note, but, ’16 seems hell bent on not doing that.

  • TomKitten1960

    Worst. Fucking. Year. EVER!

  • Michael R

    I was surprised to see what Andrew Ridgley was up to online a couple years ago

    Ridgeley retired to a 15th century farmhouse in the mid-‘90s with his girlfriend, Bananarama member Keren Woodward

    https://www.yahoo.com/music/bp/andrew-ridgeley-turns-50-wham-ster-woke-went-201023569.html

    https://s23.postimg.org/qncpeljjv/Andrew_Ridgeley.jpg

  • Dale082

    David Bowie, Prince, Pete Burns, and now George Michael … and yet Kid Rock and Ted Nugent are still alive. Fuck you 2016.

    • Lazycrockett

      Chris and Neil need to go into hiding.

    • djcoastermark

      Yeah, the shitty ones are still here.

    • JCF

      And Glenn Frey, and Maurice White, and Sharon Jones…

  • Secure

    Damn it all! Gone before Pat Robertson. WTF

    RIP George. Your amazing voice will always live on!

  • Ninja0980

    2016 seems determined to be a dick until the end.

    • Skeptical_Inquirer

      We still have six more days. Ughh.

  • T-Batwoman

    I didn’t really care for his music but I respected the hell out of him as a man. Best wishes to his family.

  • Carl

    53. So young. Such a rough year.

  • mikeinrkfd

    Sad.

  • Jmdintpa

    WTF in over it , im done, had it this year is FUCKED UP and i am so ready for it to be over.

  • Cousin Bleh

    I’m seeing a lot of clever puns on Facebook and music blogs (“he’ll never dance again,” “his last Christmas,”) but the truth is he was one of our few out and proud artists, despite the circumstances of his coming out, so I really have no sense of humor about this.

  • we’re still here
  • Natty Enquirer

    2016 has become a graveyard and I’m whistling through to New Year’s.

  • Rebecca Gardner

    Fuck you 2016. Fuck you very much!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    I just can’t take the sadness anymore. Especially someone so awesome and my age.
    I can’t take this much sadness anymore without breaking.

    R.I.P. George Michael. Thank you for so many wonderful memories. It’s all that you who’ve been left behind have left.

    • Rebecca Gardner

      I can’t stop crying.
      Maybe I’ll be gone by this time next week.
      2016 has taken everything to live for.
      I’ve never been so depressed in my life.
      9/11 seem like a cakewalk compared to 2016 and what 2017 holds.

      • houstonray

        Hang in there Rebecca, we all need to hold each other and make it through the next few years together. We are, indeed, stronger together. Big hugs to you!

        • Natty Enquirer

          And remember, the darkest night comes just before the dawn.

      • Nychta

        I second what houstonray said. 2016 apparently wants to be devastating right up to midnight 12/31. And in January we enter wacky awful uncharted waters (actually, it’s started already). I’ve gotten a lot of validation, encouragement, comfort, info and laughs from the JMG gang, and that helps me hold my head up amid the horrors.

        • Rebecca Gardner

          Maybe the Rapture is real and 2016 is when it happened and we are all stuck on earth with these religious assholes.

          Hey, at least I got to be an adult in the 80s. That really was pure bliss.

          • OdieDenCO

            if the rapture was to happen, i am confident the deity in charge would judge worth on the content of the soul and not the volume of the voice.

          • Nychta

            I thought the Rapture was supposed to vacuum up all the religious fanatics, not the beloved human-hearted artists.

          • Piercedchrlz

            No, the rapture was to take up those who were faithful and worthy, those “people” are neither.

          • Mickey

            Pure bliss in the ’80s? Obviously, you’re not a gay man.

      • kaydenpat

        ((RG)). It has been a rough year. I hear you. Just hope it will get better as Dan Savage promised.

      • JCF

        Becca, check your phone.

      • Piercedchrlz

        No, my dear Becca, 2016 has taken nothing, life merely happened in the ebb and flow of a life lived. There have been much worse years in history to the thinking of those who lived them and yet, here we are. It certainly hasn’t taken all that is worth living for, even through my depression I still know that we are worth living for: Beautiful, smart, witty, talented, strong, yes strong, very strong children of the universe who have suffered maybe not the worst but equally painful journeys to be where we are.

        We still have everything and each other to live for.

        We kicked the door down, they’ll never fully shut it’s damaged hinges, we have arrived and I’ll be goddamned if I go away silently.

        We have love on our side and we are love itself.

  • FAEN

    This fucking year needs to end already.

  • houstonray

    I’m hoping that if 2016 took the good ones, maybe 2017 will only take the conservative right wing hate mongers…

    • matrem

      With the nukes, 2017 is taking everybody

  • karmanot

    So handsome, talented and sexy! Rest In Peace George.

  • TampaZeke

    And 2016 continues to suck ASS!

  • JHunter
  • Natty Enquirer

    Debbie Reynolds says today that Carrie Fisher is in stable condition. That’s what they have been saying since she left the ER. “Stable” could mean a coma or PVS. I am not optimistic, but maybe Carrie will surprise us.

  • Dave_in_PDX

    I will forever hate 2016. Worst year EVER!! RIP George.

    • J Ascher

      I didn’t think anything could surpass 2000 in awfulness, but 2016 did so in spades.

  • Rockola404

    There would be no Linda Evangelista, without George Micheal.

  • RIP George.

  • Ninja0980

    Sad to say but as many of the folks we grew up with or that were a little before our time get older with the rest of us, the hard living many of them did in their youth starts to catch up to them.
    And when it does, it sadly often ends the way it did here, with someone dying way too young.

  • Joe in PA

    FFS make it stop. As if SADD, Christmas, Trump and all these deaths aren’t enough.

    I saw an early “In Memoriam” last week…sort of a year-end teaser…it is gonna be brutal when the final product comes out next week. ;(

  • David From Canada

    Just got home home from a nice Christmas gathering and the first thing I read is that George Michael passed away. Ouch! A gay icon and a great singer.
    George died too young but he left a rich legacy behind him.
    You gotta have Faith, faith, faith……………Rest In Peace George.

  • PickyPecker
  • JCF

    Yet more of the soundtrack of my life, gone. Thanks for coming out, George. RIP.

  • HZ81

    RIP, George. Brilliant singer.

    Must 2016 kill everything I’ve ever loved? Guess so.

  • Wynter Marie Starr

    So many people at such young ages gone this year. Can’t wait until it’s over.

  • OdieDenCO

    if there is a rock n roll heaven, you know they got a hell of a band…

    rip george

  • Belthazar

    One more parting shot from 2016 :(. I was running to ‘Freedom 90’ yesterday. It has been on my playlist since the album (dating myself) can out.
    https://youtu.be/diYAc7gB-0A

    • TJay229

      I STILL play that song too!

    • FAEN

      Still LOVE dancing to that in my undies. When no ones looking.

  • Dk6

    I remember when Older came out, I was in my 20’s on South Beach & every queen was living for it, played everywhere. RIP

  • billbear1961

    Another bit of startling bad news as the mad traitor/dictator/tyrant prepares to take possession of the White House and to destroy our republic . . .

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aSAKKx4clE8

    https://i.ytimg.com/vi/aSAKKx4clE8/hqdefault.jpg

  • This is just WRONG…I have seen him in concert 4 times and each time was an event…

    https://i.makeagif.com/media/9-15-2015/nh2dhH.gif

    • beariac
      • This song defined a failed relationship for me and it haunted me for months afterwards and I played it until my heart healed…

        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IPWHkK-_a_A

        • CanuckDon

          Definitely my favourite as well. Only someone who has loved and lost severely could sing this with such incredible passion, angst.and confusion. George was a true artist…expressive and honest.

          Very very saddened by his passing.

      • Cuberly

        Holy shit…that got the water works going…

        • beariac

          IKR (sorry) but it’s just such a stunning rendition. Only truly great singers can hold an audience captivated like that.

          • Cuberly

            No worries, I’m so glad you posted that. And gotta admit it’s one of my all time favorite songs. His rendition is stellar.

  • Chris H.

    And 2016 is really just taking them right to the end?!?! Fuck off 2016!!!

  • kaydenpat

    Huge sigh.

  • Piercedchrlz

    Faith World Tour 1989, he touched my hand from the stage. SWOON…..

    FUCK THE HELL OFF 2016, YOU FILTHY NASTY PIECE OF SHIT YEAR!

  • Rebecca Gardner

    I can’t stop crying.
    How much more sadness can 2016 foist upon us?
    She’s only got one more week and yet the sadness just increases.

    and people wonder why I’m so depressed.

    Come on 2016, please take me next. I’d rather be with those you stole from us than live with the nightmare of people you promise us for 2017.

    • Rebecca Gardner
      • ClevelandJim

        jeeeeeezus that still gives me chills! thank you!

    • Friday

      Well, there’s sorrow, and there’s losing heart, Rebecca. Try and keep the latter. The way I see it, sometimes it’s not a question of ‘why are so many good people gone when so many bad people hang on.’

      Way I see it, it’s the bad ones still have lessons to learn, and the rest of us still got battles and living on our hands. And just in case things go badly in these times, well, it’s just as well if not every soul’s got to be going through it this time. Maybe some of these singers’ll be needed to do their thing again if the world ends up all bitter.

      Meanwhile, for us, stuff to do.

  • Tiger Quinn

    When I got out of military jail in 1990, Freedom my was entire soundtrack. Make fun of me if you want, but I even lit my discharge papers on fire and threw them in the air like the video. Too Funky in 1992 was the soundtrack of my first gay bar visit, my first public guy kiss, my first grinding on the dance floor. Fuck. Thank you so much, George. Be at peace.

  • Mark

    what the fuck next. you just kind of shake your head and wonder how much more can be taken away as the makers of the mile-markers of some really good days leave. and you gotta have faith we’re gonna make it through.

  • TJay229

    This is Fucked up..!
    I loved… LOVED GEORGE MICHAEL.
    His voice was absolutely stellar. He was a wonderful singer and writer that could hold his own with any other “big” voice:

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=5zUmHhQ-WQQ (sad they didn’t want to release this for they feared his bathroom scandal would hurt her) it’s Flawless.

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=rdCTFdZON8M (rumor has it, SHE… requested to sing with Him) wow!

    https://www.youtube.com/shared?ci=UDLz-CWd-zE (Two Fabulous Voices together… Both gone)

    And Careless Whisper.. Earned him a Honorary Black Card

    • SpiderPIG

      Those are lovely picks, Jay.
      I love a lot of his most recent stuff too, especially after he came out.
      He even joins a bit of the dance choreography in this video:

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QgGDcn46aW8

      • TJay229

        I love that song. He took that sample from “The Ones” and turned it!!

        I was second row when he came to Atlanta….. And when he did this one he said “This is the Gayest song… I’ve ever done”. He had the stage lit in huge rainbows… Me and my Life long Faghag danced and danced… It was OVAH!

    • CharlestonDave

      TJay, loved your duet picks. Two were new to me, so thanks for sharing. You’re right, his blend with Mary J is exceptional. I remember when his Grammy nominations in Urban Contemporary categories were controversial…but his music was just that good.

  • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

    How could George die? He’s just about my age and I am still a mere slip of a boy. Feel gutted. The best of Britain has taken such a hit this year.

  • GanymedeRenard

    OT/
    Kind JMG fellow readers, perhaps no one will miss my occasional comments on here, but I have decided to stop posting altogether. This decision may vary in the future, but for the moment I’d rather remain silent and save my energy to focus on whatever good 2017 will have to offer. Just like for some (or many) of you, this year was a horrible one for me – the U.S. election being but a small part of it.

    Clinically depressed, I’m still in denial. I’m disenchanted. I feel disenfranchised. I feel as though I were living in a demon’s nightmare, perpetually. A certain fascist is suddenly POTUS and a certain hero is suddenly a cadaver. In what cosmos does this make sense?

    I will miss, fellow readers, your wit. Your cleverness. Your hilarity. Your in-depth thoughts… BTW, who was in the end the winner between candidate Handwich and candidate Jalapeño? That race was the only part of this entire electoral cycle that would bring the sporadical smile to my face! Whoever the winner was, both of you are fabulous!

    Well, I suppose it’s time for me to say to you all, happy holidays (be it Xmas or Hannukah or whichever flavor of an end-of-the-year celebration your tradition may tell you to follow)!! And a prosperous new year 2017!! You all, to put it in our beloved George Michael’s words, are AMAZING! And so are you, above all, dear Joe! Thanks for your amazing work. Chapeau, good sir, always and forever!

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YziZ1FlAWs

    • djcoastermark

      Take care of yourself and don’t forget, we are still here for all your venting needs. As for the race between Ham and Jal, I have no idea, but boy oh boy you should have seen the deli the next morning. It was a MESS !

      • GanymedeRenard

        Many thanks, djcoastermark! Comments like yours are the reason why I’ve been so addicted to JMG. You too take care! 🙂

      • TampaDink

        Beautifully stated. I’m picturing that deli as my college dining hall, post food fight.

    • billbear1961

      I hope you’ll be able to find the help you need to treat your depression successfully, GR.

      I doubt I’ll be posting as much as I used to–I’m already posting a lot less–but hope to see you here, or to hear about you from CJ, from time to time.

      Please don’t give up–there are too few gentle souls in the world!!

      XO

      • GanymedeRenard

        Again and again and again, Mr. Bear, your kindness is much appreciated. I’ll try not to give up, and I trust the same will be true for you, too! Hugs and kisses to you and hubbie!

        • billbear1961

          XOXO

        • John

          Please, please, please….if you are feeling really depressed, seek professional medical help. You do not have to bear it alone. There is help, counseling, and medication. If you feel you are out of control, don’t hesitate.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Thank you, John. I am indeed under medication now. I’ve been receiving professional help for years now, it’s just that for some reason (or many), my depressive side has somehow taken over me. I think I will survive. Thanks again!

          • GanymedeRenard

            Yes, John. I’ve been taking medication for years now, along with counseling. It’s just that my depressive side has somehow found a way to overwhelm me this time. I want to think that things will get better, and I want to keep that thought until they really do. Thanks for your words.

      • SoCalGal20

        Happy Holidays to you and your hubby, billbear! It’s good to see your posts even if you’re not around as much. 🙂

        • billbear1961

          Happy Holidays, SCG!

          XO

      • RobynWatts

        Echoing to what Billbear had said. Please focus on healing yourself first and foremost. (((hugs)))

    • OdieDenCO

      a voice will always be missed.

      • MaryOGrady

        Very true. We will miss you, GanymedeRenard.

        • GanymedeRenard

          Many thanks, MaryOG! The sentiment is reciprocal!

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, Odie!

    • Michael R

      M Scott Peck has something about the healthy aspects of depression in Road Less Traveled , I had a rough period back in 1995 and the book meant a lot to me then .

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, MR! A book I just added to my reading list for this year!

        • Michael R

          You might have to ignore a few parts but the book is quite insightful about human nature . Don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater as they say .

          • GanymedeRenard

            LOL Nothing is perfect, MR. Still, a book worth reading if you recommend it!

          • Michael R

            Someone gave me this at that time , it’s a short book , I think I read it in a day , very interesting if anyone out there is exploring …

            Zen in the Art of Archery
            Eugen Herrigel

            https://s27.postimg.org/4dohy8cb7/zen_archery.jpg

          • GanymedeRenard

            Check. Another one. 😉

          • Michael R

            .. and I’ll stop now !

          • Robincho

            The unaimed arrow never misses its mark…

          • jimbo65

            Take care of yourself. Perhaps one day you may take baby steps to join in once again. My looking at the news has been somewhat limited because it seems everyday there’s a fresh horror. So I totally understand how you feel. I still read and comment, although not as much on JMG for the island of sanity so to speak. I’ve been on somewhat of a rollercoaster of depression this past year. Do what you need to find some semblance of peace and healing. Virtual hugs to you. Please be well, and who knows perhaps we’ll see you here again.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Many thanks, jimbod65! Your words are those of a kind soul, and this site is abundant with them. I can totally relate to your personal rollercoaster and truly hope you’re doing better now. In solidarity, my virtual hugs to you!

    • billbear1961
      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, Mr. Bear! I will miss your exquisite, erudite taste and your precise musical selection. Vraiment, un grand merci !

        • billbear1961

          Je t’embrasse, mon ange!

          N’abandonne pas l’espoir!

    • barrixines as aladdin, nightly

      Your voice here has been as important as any other and I will genuinely miss reading your comments. I don’t feel I am alone in that. However, your sense of wellbeing is paramount. I wish you all the best and hope you are in a position to come back at some point and brag a little about being king of the world.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Dear barrixines, rest assured the feeling is mutual, and I much appreciate your high esteem of my humble thoughts. Thanks a million for your good wishes. I truly need them now.

    • PickyPecker

      I only got to admire you and your comments/input from afar for quite some time before I got the courage to engage the commenting community….my loss.

      Please take care of yourself and know you will be missed.

      The door is always open with family. 🙂

      • GanymedeRenard

        Dear Picky, many a time your posts would just make my day! Always the perfect meme, or gif, or reaction, and your avatars always so adorable! Many thanks for your kind words! I now know I have a family here. 🙂

      • johncAtl

        I’m glad you got the courage to start commenting Picky. The images you were posting said a lot about the good person that you are. You would be missed if you left.

    • Claude Jacques Bonhomme

      Un au revoir, après un congé salutaire, et non un adieu, mon cher Ganymède… c’est ce que je te souhaite, et nous souhaite à tous.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Un très grand merci, M Bonhomme ! En effet, ce n’est qu’un au revoir !

    • houstonray

      We will ALWAYS miss a voice in solidarity. You know where to find us, we’ll be here. Even though we don’t “know” each other, please accept some big cyber hugs from a friend you’ll always have in Texas.

      Come back from time to time, even if just to say hi.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, houstonray! I certainly now know that I have (at least) a friend in Texas, and that I’m not alone even if we don’t know each other! That is just priceless. Cyber hugs to you, too.

        • houstonray

          Amen brother, amen.

        • whollyfool

          And Detroit sends virtual hugs as well.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Much honored, whollyfool! Thank you. 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            Warm thank yous to Detroit!

    • fuzzybits

      Haven’t seen you for awhile. I hope you find the peace you deserve.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, fuzzy! Thank you!

    • Silver Badger

      You will be missed. Rest recuperate and come back one day.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Will do, SB! Thank you, and I wish you the best!

    • SoCalGal20

      I will miss your posts. I wish you all the best. Take care! 🙂

      • GanymedeRenard

        Many thanks, SoCalGal20! All the best to you, too!

    • Guest

      Go. Get well. Don’t apologize. Focus on your inner peace. Take all the time you require. Many thousands of us want and need to do the same, following right behind you.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thanks for your words, G! I wish the same to you. Be well.

        • Guest

          A different Guest here. We all have our reasons, even if some here refuse to consider that.

          What state are you on? I am sure some here from that state would maybe meet you for lunch sometime. I am sure if you have a few here that are special to you, post to them, ask to exchange email addresses. If both agree here, both can send Joe an email to reply to both emails.

          If you have been diagnosed, please meet with someone to walk through this. Being away from interaction, even if for some unable to drive, for example, interaction just online, here, and not having interaction is not good either. Take care.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I thank you for the time you took to write this post, really. Yes, I’ve been diagnosed with clinical depression and have been prescribed accordingly. Unfortunately, I don’t live in the USA, so it’s hard for me, I guess, to connect with someone, physically, out of the JMG sphere. In any event, thanks for your concern. I wish you the best.

          • Guest

            Glad you have taken the step for a medical review. The email idea is sound. Mind if I ask what country? I do hope a warm one. Lol.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I don’t mind at all. I currently reside in Guatemala. Not exactly a gay paradise, but very, very, very far from wanting to kill us. Our human rights are respected here and, like in every other country in Latin America, we’re FREE to exercise our sexuality – marriage is another debate, but it will eventually be in our favor.

          • Guest

            Also. What is the name of the painting you have as a picture? Besides the boy is cute, I feel like I have seen it prior and should know or remember the name. Thanks

          • GanymedeRenard

            That is a secret, my dear! (But Google is your friend!) 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            Its name is Ganymède, and it’s part of a series of artistic photographs by French photographers Pierre et Gilles. 🙂

          • GanymedeRenard

            I appreciate your warm thoughts, G. I’ll take your wise advice into consideration, really. Thank you!

    • Todd20036

      We will always be here for you. Death happens, and death can be random.

      Evil people can live, and good people can die.

      It happens. It doesn’t mean the world is ending. It just means life happens.

      Try to accept things you cannot change as things you cannot change.

      And if you have to go down, go down fighting.

      Lots of good people are still here, and we will still have hope, because tomorrow is always another possibility.

      I overcame a cold sister, a bigoted father, and HIV infection, and I’m still here, still enjoying life, and still fighting the walking Cheeto.

      Lots of people are holding you up, and lots more are ready to let you lean on them as you shed a tear or two.

      Be well, and keep in touch.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Dear Todd20036, I have always LOVED your mischievous comments, your sassy attitude, your naughty retorts… Being the manwhore that I am, I’ve always related to your posts! LOL
        I thank your fierce words, which I take as coming from a place of hardship. Wrestle with the circumstances and ostracism of a society not still ready to cope with that which it cannot understand. Your HIV status and your being here should be worn as a badge of the highest honor in the face of those who hate us and wish us dead! I thank your good wishes and will certainly come back here when things seem so unbearable as to want to cease looking at the sky for pleasure and not out of necessity.

        Thank. You. Sir.

    • johncAtl

      Be well. Be happy. You’ll be missed.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, johncAtl! I, too, will miss your voice. All the best.

    • GayOldLady

      Please take care and at least stop in from time to time to let us know how you are doing. Peace and best wishes to you in the New Year.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Will do, GOL! The very best to you and yours in the year to come!

      • GanymedeRenard

        Same to you, GOL! The very best to you!

    • Cuberly

      GR, we’re all family hear. Do what you need to do to regroup, we’ve all done that to one degree or another these past few months. But remember, we’re here, we’re QUEER, and we always fight for love with love. Hang in there. 😉

      • GanymedeRenard

        Cuberly, my dear, I thank your words. I hear you. This isn’t, unfortunately, the first time for me to go through this “valley of shadow and death”, so to speak. And I, too, am thankful that I have people like you, on this marvelous blog, to rely on for moral support. Thank you! I’ll try to hang in there, and I hope you all do the same! It’s much needed this time.

        • Cuberly

          Sending you an interwebz hug. Yeah, they’re not as much fun as real ones but I mean it.

          • GanymedeRenard

            XOXO

    • Anastasia Beaverhousen

      This is my favorite GM song. Please take care of yourself first. You are important to many.

      • GanymedeRenard

        1) Mine too, AB! 2) And I’ll try. 3) You too, honey! Believe me! Rosario and Jack and Will and Grace and Stan know it! 😉

    • Lumpy Gaga

      BTW, who was in the end the winner between candidate Hamwich and candidate Jalapeño?

      RIGGED! (with flavor!)

    • barracks9

      Well, I haven’t been around much lately either, and miss this crazy gang. Do pop round to check on us from time to time, and flirt a bit. We’ll keep the light on for you. And please take care of yourself.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Most honored, B9. Flirt? You know you’re there, you, you! 😉

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Just remember – peroxide is a temporary solution to a permanent problem.

      • GanymedeRenard

        I think it didn’t work for the U.S. President-elect. But, hey, it’s all ruins now.

    • TuuxKabin

      Sigh. I’ve missed you lately. I guess it has been a build up to your departure now. Thank you for the rallying support you’ve so often written. I’ll continue to smile at a few comments you replied to me a while back. Made me want to stay around longer. Thanks for being here, while you were. I’ll miss you. From el HubCap and me, bye, bye for now. I hope it’s temporary. I’ll be remembering you.

      https://68.media.tumblr.com/0f692146986c5fd5e746df70791a6811/tumblr_n17yfte61X1rbxepto1_500.gif

      • GanymedeRenard

        Dear TuuxK, please be assured that your comments were an important part of my daily news feed. No, really. I appreciate your liking of my banal thoughts and your unconditional kindness to a total stranger such as myself. May el HubCap and you be blessed always and forever! Thank you.

        • TuuxKabin

          Abrazos fuertes de nosotros, siempre, siempre.

          • GanymedeRenard

            Muchísimas gracias a ambos. 🙂

        • TuuxKabin

          I’m that terrier with the bone, I won’t let it go, and not to get the last word, but a parting shot: “To get the full value of joy you must have someone to divide it with.” ~ Mark Twain

          Thanks again for dividing your thoughts, time and words here. You go with love and appreciation.

    • Robincho

      Go well, dear Ganymede. You’re as sweet as this bottle of Château d’Yquem (which is still at hand here, ready to open for you when we meet!). You shall be missed, even if only pro tempore…

      • GanymedeRenard

        Of course I do, dear Robincho! I’m as agnostic and as irreverent as they come. I look forward to the day that meeting will happen (and I trust it will) so we can chat about wine and, ahem, other interesting things. Thanks for your support! Hugs. 😉

      • GanymedeRenard

        Of course I know what you mean, dear Robincho! I’m as agnostic and as irreverent as they come, so no prayers are expected from this end. Per the rest of your post, I thank you wholeheartedly for your good wishes and look forward to the day we converse over wines about everything and anything. It will happen, I’m sure – or so I like to believe. Be well and all the best for the new year.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Do what you need to do. That’s all we can do. And know you’re not alone in your feelings. Trump won thru skullduggery. The majority of the country rejected his shit and voted for Clinton. And even more people would have voted against him and for progress if they hadn’t been prevented by voter suppression, intimidation, disenfranchisement or by being too young to legally vote. We’ll keep fighting the good fight.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Thank you, PRS. I know you’re right. It’s just that I’m not fully able to process this result and several circumstances in my current life. But thanks again for your words.

    • Wynter Marie Starr

      As you may or may not know, I had a major depressive episode when my mom told me she was dying. I knew I needed help and got it. I’m only now starting to post here and there after months of silence and generally being unable to read any news at all.

      Please, take a break and seek help. You’ll be glad you did when you are feeling better. Virtual hugs.

      • GanymedeRenard

        Yes, I do remember, Wynter. I was totally feeling you when you told us about your loss and your being unwell. I hope things are much better for you now. Virtual hugs to you, too.

        • Wynter Marie Starr

          Things are a bit better, but there is still pain and depression and bad days. I don’t want anyone to suffer this, and the meds really do help. I would hate to never see you and your intelligent comments again. I understand how depression takes our energy and will to fight all too well. But there is help and the people on this blog have ben such a huge help and support to me. I know they will be that for you as well, and I include myself.

          • GanymedeRenard

            I renew my thanks, wholeheartedly. Much love to you.

          • Wynter Marie Starr

            Much love to you as well. I hope you feel better soon. Just don’t expect miracles and count every day as a win if at all possible. Depression is a battle and some days we only break even. If you’d like to talk off list, let me know.

    • karmanot

      Even when depressed, disenchanted, and feeling disenfranchised know that here brother and sister strangers, who cherish you, find you very witty, true and real and most importantly, https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/27824831772454a312a4b38ee1e48565b6d97be1f35060f909cf4ad1a75223d0.jpg will hold you in mind with healing and the understanding that one day we may enjoy your presence here again. For what it’s worth I and my little dog Andie send you love:

      • GanymedeRenard

        Andy and you, karmanot, will be in my thoughts for sure! Much love to you.

  • 3-Star

    2016. WTF? You took my mother, my father is still pending (in ICU), you took my car, my cat, our great entertainers and our friends. I’m afraid what will happen in the next 6 days.

    https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/33a88eb2af47d1972049805d19caec5f0c44ca2396d7dea95d4fde871062c6ee.png

    • Jerry Kott

      Sorry to read of the challenges you have had. Peace will find you.

    • MaryOGrady

      Please accept a virtual hug from me.

    • JCF

      {{{3-Star}}}

    • TampaDink

      So sorry for your losses…and those everyone else has endured this shitty year.

    • houstonray

      Cyber hugs from here in Texas! Hang in there!!!

    • SoCalGal20

      *hugs*

    • DenCo

      So sorry to hear that you have had a terrible year. Please accept my wishes for a peaceful and healing 2017. Hugs

    • ByronK

      ‘huge hug’ hang in there.

    • whollyfool

      So sorry to hear. 🙁

    • Bad Tom

      Hugs to you.

    • Waarki
  • 3-Star

    Natalie was almost 2016: Natalie Maria Cole – December 31, 2015

  • Rebecca Gardner
  • JellyDonut

    Prince and George Michael in the same year. 2016 has been one shit of a year!
    RIP George!!!

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      And Bowie and Cohen…

  • jvc in NYC

    Sad, yes. Shocking, not really.

  • Jerry Kott

    It saddens me to read of the many expression of despair here. The challenges for us come in all shapes and sizes, it is how we meet those challenges.
    I recently discovered a book, written by a Concentration Camp survivor, Viktor E. Frankl in 1946, the book was written in 9 days as I recall after his release for the camp. I came across the book in reference as to how to access and cope with what happened on Nov.8. The premise of the book is that those who find meaning in their lives are better at coping with life’s challenges. The majority of people are people who pursue Happiness which is temporary and many of those are “takers” who don’t have much meaning to their life (Trump supporters).They don’t give, they take.
    It is an interesting read and gives another perspective to process this new reality and coping with it.. Please don’t give these fear merchants the Power they grave and thrive on.

    • JCF

      Absolutely THIS.

      “We grieve, but not as those who have no hope”: this line isn’t just for Christians, it’s for ALL of us dedicated to Something BIGGER (even if that’s just Fabulous Gay Sex!).

      The days ARE getting longer: Drumpf can’t do a damn thing about that. Anymore than he can do anything about Hillary receiving more votes! We ARE the majority. We ARE Here/Queer/GetUsedToIt! The Revolution IS happening…

      …and LOVE WINS!!!!!

      Believe it. Every damn second, of every damn day—even THIS year. La Lucha Continua!

      • Jerry Kott

        My professional life has been in the Arts, I create. The energy used in creating is a very positive force. I wish I could share more. Do something creative, a drawing, anything that build and doesn’t destroy. Positive energy is Love energy. Sing your favorite George Michael’s song, anything to lift the tide. Keep moving! Moving targets are harder to hit.

    • houstonray

      Thank you for this reminder.

    • ByronK

      ^^^^^ yes.

    • Piercedchrlz

      I was guided to this book a few years ago and could not be more grateful. I think I’ve read it about ten times since, three times since 11/8.

      I am more than what has happened around me.

      • Jerry Kott

        Thanks for the feedback. And the book was written by someone who has had every reason to despair, someone who has been to the mountain. When I first heard of it, it sang to me. I don’t read books, I study them.

    • TampaDink

      I completely get where you are, I’ve had many moments (sometimes hours & days) of hopelessness in these last several weeks.

      I can see a better time, when all our dreams come true.
      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

      And we’ll be drinking white wine in the sun.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j9jbdgZidu8

    • CanuckDon

      Thank you….I will do a search for the book. A very important book for me is “Finding Meaning In The Second Half of Life” by James Hollis. It will be interesting to see how close the perspectives are.

      • Jerry Kott

        You are welcome. Thanks for the suggestion. Will look into it.

  • The Return of Traxley

    “Please be stronger than your past,
    The future may still give you a chance.”

    https://youtu.be/Ve-rxwKuqtI

  • coram nobis

    “And the Christmas carols sound like blues
    But the choir is not to blame.”

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDLRrlv7XHU

    • johncAtl

      Jim Croce. Another artist who died too soon.

  • fuzzybits

    Oh just go away 2016. RIP George Michael.

    • My thoughts exactly.

      • Gigi

        Mine too.

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      Dawg help me, I don’t want 2016 to go away. I know that 2017 is going to be 1000x worse! 2017 is the year Furer Trump takes office.

  • Brian in Valdosta

    I remember walking into a room and seeing this young guy, about my age, wearing nothing but short white shorts and singing a song, dancing around with another man. Both men were so handsome, and there was this certain gay quality about them that captivated me. And then there were the legs. Yowzah. I just stood and stared. I think they were singing “Wake Me Up Before You Go Go”.

    R.I.P. Michael.

    • Jerry

      I wasn’t really fond of Wham!…but I certainly had a major crush on George Michael when I was in college. Turns out he was only a few months older than me.

  • houstonray

    TMZ has this update:

    5:45 PM PT — Sources directly connected with George and in a position to know tell us the singer died from heart failure in his sleep. We’re told he was sleeping throughout the episode and suffered no pain.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      It looks as if he simply went to sleep Christmas Eve and never woke up.

      Thank you, I’ll be here all week.

      — 2016

      (I’m inartfully saying that that quoted sentence sums up 2016 in a nutshell.)

    • GanymedeRenard

      If death were even be worthy of an adjective, GM’s would be worthy of this: beautiful.

  • Sam_Handwich
  • Gigi

    My heart aches. This year can’t end soon enough!

  • The Sentinel
  • Sam_Handwich

    i thought 2016 would be a peach.

    worst. year. ever.

    • johncAtl

      Let’s just hope that this doesn’t turn out to be the worst decade ever. It could definitely happen.

    • Snarkaholic

      On Jan. First, a co-worker approached me and said, “Did you hear? Natalie Cole just died.”
      At that moment, I somehow knew there was going to be a lot of additional sorrow in the year ahead.

  • The Sentinel
  • Lazycrockett
    • Sam_Handwich

      you beat me to it, Mr Crockett

    • GanymedeRenard

      Just magnificent.

  • seant426
  • fuzzybits
    • beariac

      Fuck. Just when I thought I was done crying for the night and might finally get some sleep, this has had me bawling my eyes out for the last ten minutes. A beautiful post, and honestly, thanks. It’s been cathartic.

    • Oscarlating Wildely

      Absolutely gorgeous song. The band’s and title’s song in reference to mortality always struck me. The range and lyrics are both exceptional, and, on a totally personal level, makes me recall college when they were all the rage. Sitting a room with my friends, not a single one of us hetero and about to deal with the rise of the AIDS pandemic and Reagan, but still oddly very hopeful. It was a time I won’t forget. Thank you for that memory.

      • fuzzybits

        And that was Liz Fraiser from Cocteau Twins singing. One of the woman I have such a crush on. The other being P J Harvey.

  • 2016: Suckiest year EVER.

  • Scott Fitler

    Dammit, I thought I was done crying for 2016. I was in high school when Faith came out. George and I were imaginary boyfriends for a long time after that. RIP and thank you for all the great music!

  • Sam_Handwich

    of all the 2016 losses, none takes precedence. i love Mr George. but here’s my biggest

    http://i2.cdn.turner.com/money/dam/assets/161114140259-gwen-ifill-780×439.jpg

    • fuzzybits

      I agree that none takes precedence,but Bowie’s death hit me really hard. https://youtu.be/Tgcc5V9Hu3g

      • Lazycrockett

        Bowie and Prince was just a one two punch to me. Bowie I always respect his stuff even if some of it wasn’t my tea, but man Prince in the late 70s to early 90’s could do NO wrong in my book. I have everything. Those 12 inch vinyls are some of the funkiest stuff to ever hit my ears.

        • johncAtl

          Loved both, but I was 14 when Major Tom was released so Bowie had a bigger impact on me.

      • JCF

        In terms of my musical tastes, it was Prince.

        • Cuberly

          Yep, Prince and Glenn Frey here.

          • Lumpy Gaga

            Prince, Bowie, and Alan Vega for me.

            A whole host of greats passed, but these three were the biggest hits to my gut.

          • Cuberly

            Was remiss in not mentioning Bowie. Summers in HS had an Eagles soundtrack. Can’t hear a single song of theirs without recalling summers working at a resort in the Colorado Rockies, sharing a cabin with a bunch of co-workers, the parties…etc…

    • Lazycrockett

      I didn’t even know Gwen was ill, so that just shocked me.

  • GayOldLady

    Why can’t white jeezuz rapture the people he’s supposed to rapture and leave our talented, valued, precious icons alone.

    • Lazycrockett

      Cmon if you were jesus would you want Those people screaming his name right and left. Let’s remember the real jesus surrounded himself with whores and homo’s.

  • Jasper

    gay sex causes hv-aids

    • johncAtl

      Maybe. But what caused you to become an asshole?

      • MΩebym

        Birthed out of one, perhaps.

    • Sam_Handwich

      straight sex, too, mother fucker. kthxbai

    • Lumpy Gaga

      Well, what causes hv-arti?

      • Bad Tom

        The Danes.

        • Lumpy Gaga

          I KNEW something was rotten there!!

    • Bad Tom

      Virus particles cause HIV-AIDS — United States Surgeon General
      Language is a Virus From Outer Space — Laurie Anderson

      So you can get AIDS from this web reply! Stop reading now!!!
      TOO LATE!

      Sucks to be you.

    • Jean-Marc in Canada

      Correction: Sex (gay, straight or otherwise) MAY cause the contracting of HIV; which, in turn, can develop into Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS). Sweety, if you’re going to try a troll on about HIV-AIDS, at least do us the courtesy of knowing something about the subject. Fake-Christ, the trolls are so lacking of late. Disappointing…must a Trumpanzee, you know how they love to fling their bovine derived feces.

      • Bad Tom

        This troll’s got 422 comments (and counting,) with exactly ZERO upvotes.

        That takes special talent; not even other trolls will upvote him.

  • Dazzer

    It’s all a bit much to process at the moment. I’ve got so many stories about George andtheearly days of Wham! I knew the guy who was reputed to have taken George’s virginity and I saw them (Wham! that is – not George and his ‘first’) performing in a gay club (Turnmills? Can’t remmber if that’s right) before they became famous.

    So many stories.

    However, one thing that’s being missed in all the obits I’ve read thus far is that George Michael donated many, many, many millions to charity. Before he set up his own charitable foundation, George used to just send cheques to deserving causes on the basis of them keeping his anonymity.

    For several years in the late 80s and early 90s, he was the single biggest donor to charity in the UK – but it only came to light years later.

    • Cuberly

      I didn’t know that. The same could be said for Prince. He gave a considerable amt of time, energy and $$ to underserved communities in Oakland. He was generous and didn’t want his name tied to his efforts.

      • Lazycrockett

        Hell he kept Minneapolis charities running for the last 30 years.

        • Cuberly

          I believe it.

    • SoCalGal20

      Thanks for sharing that. I didn’t know about al of his anonymous giving.

      And if you ever want to tell some of those early stories, I would love to hear them. 🙂

  • bambinoitaliano
    • JCF

      Hey, I knew any # of straight women back then who hoped they could be in a “Sizzling Romance With Rocker George Michael”!

      • sfbob

        Many straight women, even more gay men.

  • Cuberly
    • djcoastermark

      Wow, just as relevant today as it was then.

      • Cuberly

        2016 has vomited up so much caustic cynicism. I’ll be so glad when this year comes to an end. But then the work starts, 2017 is going to be a doozy.

        • Lazycrockett

          and Im gonna be boozy. Good Luck Liver.

          • Cuberly

            Lol….I made a decision a month ago to cut back. Noticed my intake was on the increase and it sorta freaked me out.

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    George Michael’s “Spinning the Wheel” video remains one of my all-time favorites because it showed what a great voice he has. I shall miss him greatly. Future Christmas’s will without a doubt remind me of his passing.

  • bkmn

    It is almost like all the talent wants to get the hell off the planet before Hair Furor messes everything up.

    • DaddyRay

      So long and thanks for all the fish

      • Cuberly
        • TuuxKabin

          Beautiful.

          • Lazycrockett

            But the movie….ugh.

          • TuuxKabin

            I’ve been spared. Don’t know it.

          • Cuberly

            It’s from the movie version of The Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. The BBC series is much much better. All of the episodes are on youtube.

            https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tTNuldPhP20

          • TuuxKabin

            Thank you for some positive info on the film. El HubCap and I just subscribed to NETFLIX with plans to get more pop entertainment into our lives for a distraction. We’ll put this on our favorites list at YouTube and check it out. Happy Holidays and thanks for leading the way into different tangents. Most welcomed, so often.

          • Cuberly

            No problemo 😀😉😀

            Have a most excellent holiday and happy new year!

          • netflix is deadly. in a good way, in that it can kill all your plans to do something else with your time. sooooo many good shows you can binge watch. i recommend “prison break” and any and all the Buffy/Angel stuff.

          • TuuxKabin

            Well, we’re both kinda ready for that kind of deadly in a good way . . . distraction and our time . . . not that much gets planned with the exception of meals. Will check out your recommendations. Thanks. And happy holidays!

          • Cuberly

            It has a couple good moments but yeah, not as good as the BBC series.

          • Lazycrockett

            Alan as the robot was the best.

          • Cuberly

            Yep, that was perfect casting.

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Okay, now we’re just being trolled…

    • sfbob

      By the Grim Reaper. Apparently.

  • Blake J Butler

    O/T: in need of a pick-me-up

    In a New York State school classroom.

    Trump was visiting primary school in New York and visited a grade four class (because he ‘loves’ low level intellectuals.) They were in the middle of a discussion related to words and their meanings.

    The teacher asked Trump if he would like to lead the discussion on the word ‘tragedy.’ So Trump asked the class for an example of a ‘tragedy’.
    One little boy stood up and offered: “If my best friend, who lives on a farm, is playing in the field and a tractor runs him over and kills him, that would be a tragedy.”
    “No,” said Trump, “that would be an accident.”
    A little girl raised her hand: “If a school bus carrying 50 children drove off a cliff, killing everyone, that would be
    a tragedy.”
    “I’m afraid not,” explained Trump. “That’s what we would call great loss.”
    The room went silent. No other child volunteered. Trump searched the room. “Isn’t there someone here who can give me an example of a tragedy?”
    Finally at the back of the room, Little Johnny raised his hand. The teacher held her breath. In a quiet voice he said: “If the plane carrying you was struck by a ‘friendly fire’ missile and blown to smithereens that would be a tragedy.”

    “Fantastic!” exclaimed Trump, “That’s right. And can you tell me why that would be a tragedy?”
    “Well,” says Johnny, “It has to be a tragedy, because it sure as hell wouldn’t be a great loss… and you can bet your sweet
    ass it wouldn’t be an accident either!”
    Smart student I bet.

  • jaydee5000

    I went over to Breitbart just to see if the comments would be as hateful as I predicted. It did not disappoint. Dozens and dozens of horrible comments about AIDS, bathroom sex, and unrelenting hatred of gays. Not a word about what a great talent George was. We’re in for some rough years, guys, and we have to gird our loins for the fight of our lives. The most hateful element of American society has been let loose and is going to run roughshod over everyone they can. I look to this blog and others for solace, but this is going to require everyone to speak against these hateful people. I truly believe that there are more of us then there are of them, but they’re louder and many have guns. Are you ready to fight? I am. PS – RIP George. I hope to see you in heaven.

    • Natty Enquirer

      Breitbart is not the world. Not even close. Turn your telescope the other way ’round.

      • johncAtl

        No, but Steve Bannon will be the voice whispering advice into Trump’s ear for as long as he is president.

        • Cuberly

          I’ll admit, the attempt to mainstream breitbartism is going to be be a major obstacle in 2017.

          • if you have to, suffer a little research and come up with a short list you can memorize, of Bb’s writers’ sins and outrageous claims. blacks are inferior, all hispanic immigrants are criminals, women should be barefoot and pregnant… you won’t have to look very long or very hard to find stuff like that from them.

            memorize those items that you think are going to be heard by anyone in your life foolish enough to use them as a source for anything. “Oh, so you think X is true because you read it in a publication billionaire funded hate rag that publishes regular stories like “are jews taking over the world” and “it snowed today and al gore is fat, climate change is a hoax!”

            the only way Bb is ‘mainstreamed’ is if good people remain silent when others try to present it as real journalism.

      • jaydee5000

        Thank you. Needed that. Happy holidays

    • Goodboy

      They feed on suffering like vampires. Last place I’d want to look for compassion. If there is evil in the world it’s there.

    • edrex

      dude. you need to be kinder to yourself.

    • fuzzybits

      I can say with pride I’ve never been on Breitbart. The haters just have a voice now because of the internet. They’ve always been around though. I don’t need the aggravation reading their hatred.

    • Millstone

      Breitbarters are a tiny, vile sliver of the population. They’ve nothing to contribute to anything other than their hate-filled echo chamber. So stop looking at Breitbart, WND, etc.

      • Brownshirts and Italian fascists were also a tiny, vile sliver of the populations of Germany and Italy. They slithered into power in exactly the same way that the trumpists/dominionists are slithering into power today. Hitler became chancellor of Germany in 1933…in 1934 he established “The People’s Court” I imagine so his enemies could be gotten rid of “legally”.
        Trump inherits more than 100 court vacancies.
        It is extremely shortsighted to poo-poo Beitbart, Bannon, WND etc etc etc

        • Millstone

          I’m not shortsighted, but how typical of a leftist to be a lecturing scold.

          The distressed poster knows what kind of comments he’s going to encounter at Breitbart, so subjecting himself to them seems rather masochistic.

          I know the enemy. Reading their predictable, hateful drivel isn’t necessary (for me). I needn’t step into their silo to be their opposition.

          • First off, I’m not a “leftist”
            Second, just because my opinion doesn’t mesh with yours it doesn’t make me a “lecturing scold”
            “So stop looking at…” seems more lecturing and scolding than anything I wrote in my opinion

            I don’t read any of those websites either but if others want to so be it.

    • Cuberly

      Millstone is right.

      Breitbart is pretty much a concentration of everyone’s drunk racist terminally annoying Thanksgiving uncle. Best to realize they’re not indicative of the populace as a whole. They’re a small angry subset content in their bile bubble.

      • Lazycrockett

        Really over there who WOULDN’T they celebrate dying? They would even feast on their own.

  • boobert

    Didn’t see this one in the comments, but it was my favorite ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAGl8RWTSqc&index=27&list=FLcchKT4OQGOy14uUrisCv-Q

    • Natty Enquirer

      World’s quietest tambourine.

  • David From Canada

    Interesting Trivia: George Michael is not the only famous singer to die on Christmas Day. Back on December 25, 1995 singer Dean Martin passed away at 78 years of age. Both remarkable, world-known singers. Rest In Peace.

    • johncAtl

      Not so interesting trivia: my middle name is Dean, because he was one of my mother’s favorite entertainers.

      • David From Canada

        That’s Amore! – one of Dean’s big song hits.

    • Lindoro Almaviva

      So did the Swedish Diva Birgit Nilsson, though the world did not know until a week latter (give or take)

  • SoCalGal20

    This is great! James Corden and George Michael in 2011. It was basically the first Carpool Karaoke. (The video is linked in the tweet)

    https://twitter.com/khanoisseur/status/813178743988461568

    • TuuxKabin

      Much needed, and just in the nick of time. Thank you SoCalGal! Now to bed. Nite nite, satellites of love.

  • Cuberly

    He just throws all of himself at this, it’s wonderful.

    https://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/813239196244578305

    Just realized we’re the same age.

    • Lumpy Gaga

      DB still smoking in 1992. BAD David Bowie! BAD!

      • AJ Drew

        Oh NOW you tell him! /s

  • Michael In Atlanta

    I’m an Eldergay, and I can’t think of another year recently when we lost so many celebrities.

  • Lars Littlefield

    My Great Aunt Aika Athas says “Is too bad. He was nice Greek boy. I think he not eat enough lamb. Not enough lamb kill your Uncle Lycomedes. Rest in peaces. Georgios Panayiotou. We miss you smile.”

    • TuuxKabin

      A big smile and hug to you and Great Aunt Aika Athas. Her words help.

  • Lazycrockett
    • Bad Tom

      George Michael was a good person.
      He was a mensch.

      We need more menschen.

      • Lazycrockett

        I always liked him, but closing down puppy mills well that’s doing real good work.

      • AJ Drew

        Yup. Mensch. *I* must become a mensch. I keep trying, then failing, but I keep trying… my New Year’s resolution will be to try harder.

        • TuuxKabin

          I decided to kick start the damn new year and began a new year’s resolution this morning. Beat 2017 to the punch before it beats me/us.

    • fuzzybits

      Meanwhile our idiot Gov. just made it easier for puppy mills to exist.

  • MDixon34

    The audience in the “Sombody to Love” video gives me chills every time I hear them sing “love”. Possibly one of the best live performances ever.

    • hudson11

      the clapping in unison made me think of the Icelandic Viking clap. incredibly powerful and moving.

      • AJ Drew

        Well, just as the swastika was once a, perhaps, symbol of peace, its meaning was reversed. And that “Viking clap” now also has sinister meaning. Sad, perhaps. But, here we are.

  • Bert_Bauer

    I can’t even … if 2016 were a talk show guest, it would be on The Steve Wilkos Show. That’s all I got.

  • Rocco

    Not many good things happened for me in 2016, and this is high on my list of sad events. I loved his music, and it has remained very meaningful for me through the years. I fell in love right away with “Bad Boys,” and haven’t stopped since. I listened to “Last Christmas” just last night before bed. I hope he understood how much his music was important to so many. I think he was able to feel love, from his family and his first partner, who died several years ago, so it certainly seems like he was able to experience lots of joy. He just left us way too soon!

  • Lumpy Gaga

    Why I, at least, have to keep it together and do what I can for the post-Trump future:

    My 11yo nephew (viola and flute), not usually shy of a holiday performance in my sister’s living room, was reticent tonight. After a short piece I had never heard before, his shyness is partially explained: “It was a piece written for piano, but I reworked it for flute.” He’s 11.

    Excusez-fucking-moi.

    • david fairfield

      That’s awesome. That kind of stuff inspires me to keep fighting. Thanks!

    • AJ Drew

      ha! and despite the darkness, a new snarky star arises!

    • AJ Drew

      “Excusez-fucking-moi,” the gayer version of Steve Martin’s classic phrase, Love It!

  • Tyishacvaughn

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  • Lazycrockett
    • notice how solidly blue CA has been lately and remember that they redid the way districts get apportioned. hint, hint, other states.

  • Blake J Butler

    O/T: The end of the year is getting closer, and we still have a ways to go but we do need to meet a donations end of the year by raising the remaning 500 dollars, before we can open the outreach center in the new year for Equality Texarkana.

    Remember, every little bit counts even little donations, also keep in mind that if you help us with our goal, we are going to return the favor someday to another organization and help them.

    Please donate, share it in a email, look up on Facebook, or go to the GoFundme account here: And the official website of our organization.

    http://www.equalitytexarkana.org/

    https://www.gofundme.com/2eu42m4

    • medaka

      Thanks for the reminder, Blake 🙂

  • hudson11

    not sure how much play White Light got, but it came out after his pneumonia scare. i thought it was fantastic!

    https://youtu.be/SRAOG-BpNOw

  • TallBearNC

    Someone just doesn’t have “heart failure”. That’s a very general , iodiopathic (unknown) description
    1: you have an MI – Miocardio Infarction (plaque or blood clot or both)
    2: coronary artery disection (the artery walls fail and get ripped open by blood pressure) aka “heart attack” as heart is deprived of O2 similar as an MI.
    3: the person has a pre-existing electrical issue (birth defect, previous heart attack, too much drugs). Sudden cardiac death and SVT falls here
    4: congestive heart failure (heart thinking it’s walls until no room to beat)
    5: other cardiac conditions (bad valves, extreme murmur, heart issues{untreated apnea, etc etc)
    6: OD or suicide by OD causing respiratory failure which results in heart failure.

    Bottom line. At the moment they don’t want to give a reason or the full story… or they don’t know. Only an autopsy could confirm the exact cause unless he had a known condition.

    • TallBearNC

      Thinking above should be “thickening”

    • Platos_Redhaired_Stepchild

      7. Lost the will to live because 4th Reich is taking over world.

      • and folks, that is a real thing. i loved George as much as any fan could, and part of the reason why is that he was a real person, unlike so many famous personalities. i felt like so many of his trials were ones i could relate to, as a gay person and someone who often goes against the popular grain of things. be glad if you’ve never known depression this bad, even as i know many of us have. i respect his family’s wishes at this time and will continue to wish him a peaceful rest, and hope quietly that sadness played no role in his passing.

    • TallBearNC

      As much as I hate to say it “passed away peacefully ” for a 53 yr old without end stage cancer or end stage hiv/aids , or other known terminal disease, is really a bullshit statement…and usually code for “drug OD, but we don’t want the public/press knowing” or some other embarrassing cause of death.

      • seant426

        He’s gone. You’re need to know “the why” is invasive, macabre and perverse, so sit the fuck down and shut the fuck up, already, you rude boob.

  • Skip Intro

    2016 has been so cruel in so many ways. Keep fighting, Carrie Fisher. We need you to break the spell.

    • TallBearNC

      My mom was on a vent for 24hrs after her 1st heart attack, but fully concious. More as a precaution in case of another MI b4 her ballon and stent were done

      If CF is still in a coma, can’t breath on her own.. not a good sign at all 🙁 not breathing on her own-brain stem damage

  • JOHN MAYOR
  • Steverino

    God is picking all of his flowers again this year.

  • Wilberforce

    What a beautiful voice. He was the only one who could take over for Freddy. Now they’re both gone. And it’s a tragedy.

  • DaddyRay

    George Michael made this world a better place for all of his beautiful music.
    RIP

  • TheJudgement

    Yes even rock stars die. Go figure

  • JT

    Goodbye, George. We loved you.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bG5N3GC-m20

  • JellyDonut

    Why do I keep feeling like everything that is good in the world is vanishing…feels like all the lights are going out and a dark wave is about to settle in….The Dementors are coming to DC

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    We usually play music vids every weekend & George usually appears on the playlist. Lots of memories connected to his songs.

  • NeverEclipsed

    I was thinking about his arrest for indecent exposure in the 90’s and how it reflects on the state of LGBT rights at the time. I remember the 90’s, shit was different then. That incident has been so sensationalized, it seems to me that an under cover cop teased him into exposing himself, and if that’s the case, the cop started it. Whatever it wasn’t his best day but he didn’t deserve to be treated so undignified the way he was after it. And now time has passed and it seems like he never got over that. 🙁

    • Hue-Man

      Have things really changed? This happened in Toronto in November, 2016.

      Headline: “Toronto police lay charges after Etobicoke residents complain of public sex acts in park

      Police have laid 89 charges, mostly bylaw infractions, against 72 people in crackdown”

      [Ontario Police Constable] Ward said officers, during their “plain clothes enforcement,” were solicited for sex in the park. At other times, officers witnessed open sexual activity or men soliciting other men.

      “Ultimately, at the end of the day, the public and the community has
      come to us and said, ‘this behaviour is out of control, it’s
      unacceptable and we don’t want it in our neighbourhood.'”

      Ward said police are not targeting any one particular group. “We have
      been told clearly by the public that they want this behaviour gone.
      Whether it’s males or females being engaged in this activity, it’s not
      acceptable.”

      http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/toronto-police-marie-curtis-park-indecent-acts-etobicoke-1.3847878

      No one is surprised by this; ‘Ninety-five per cent of those charged are men.”

      • i’ll never understand the park cruising type. i’m not judging, but these days it’s a silly activity at best. anyone can get a suck practically instantly, with social media tech. maybe it’s just a kink i don’t understand, but it hardly seems worth being registered as a sex offender, all because you wanted a random dude blowing you in a public park.

        and not to be too puritan, but sometimes it really is a little creepy. i used to take my dogs to a popular cruising park in chicago, b/c reasons it was the best place for dogs. i didn’t enjoy creepy old dudes wandering around at 9am, probably with a bag of drugs or cash in their back pockets, looking for ‘flexible’ junkies who would do them behind a tree for a fix. i saw a lot of that in that park.

        • Hue-Man

          I’ve read that many of the men didn’t have practical alternatives. Daily Xtra:

          “We know from experience that a lot of the people most likely to be arrested in these scenarios are marginalized men,” [Lisa Amin, a human rights lawyer] says.

          “That this sting is happening in Etobicoke and not the downtown core
          speaks volumes,” says Mikiki, another one of the protesters. “This is a
          community with lots of folks from racialized communities, a lot of folks
          that are new to Canada that might not have access to the larger LGBT
          community.”

          http://www.dailyxtra.ca/toronto/news-and-ideas/news/protesters-residents-and-police-discuss-park-sex-crackdown-at-protest-210592

    • beariac

      To the contrary, I think releasing ‘Outside’ as an FU turned sentiment on its head and GM dealt with the whole issue on his terms, which was great for us as a community. Either way, he made peace with himself about it.. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-38435577

  • Acronym Jim

    Damn, this is unexpectedly bad news. Coincidentally, I just watched Key & Peele’s brilliant “Keanu” wherein the Faith album is a running theme. It’s sad that that pleasant reminder of George Michael’s musical peak is followed by the tragic news of his passing.

    George Michael’s Faith tour was the first major concert I had ever attended. A group of friends here in Portland piled into the cab of Michael’s tiny Datsun pickup for the 2+ hour trip to the Tacoma Dome. It is one of my more cherished memories.

    RIP George Michael.

  • Dana Chilton

    He was one of my first crushes

  • beariac

    A few things I’d like to add FTR:
    On GM’s philanthropy: https://www.theguardian.com/music/2016/dec/26/the-philanthropic-acts-of-george-michael-from-5k-tips-to-nurses-gigs
    On his importance as a gay icon: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2016/dec/26/george-michael-defiant-gay-icon-sex-life-lgbt-rights
    His insightful appearance/interview on BBC Radio’s Desert Island Discs in 2007: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b008006s

  • Deppa Kote

    George Michael was one of the best singer songwriters of the past 30 yrs. He wrote and produced all of his songs and was one of the few white artists to have top ten albums on both the pop and R&B charts. I’m sad we wont get to hear any more new music from him. RIP, George.