George Michael was one of the defining pop stars of his era – a true giant of the music industry.
From his early days with 80s chart sensations Wham! to his multi-million-selling, award-guzzling years as a solo artist, he was one of the most gifted singers and songwriters of the last 35 years.
The loss of Michael continues a year of grief in the music industry, with David Bowie, Prince and Leonard Cohen among those dying in 2016.
Following the news of his passing, a multitude of stars paid tribute to the soulful singer, among them Sir Paul McCartney and Madonna.
“Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog (nickname). Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved,” said former Wham! partner and childhood friend Andrew Ridgeley on Twitter. “Cleft with grief.”
“Farewell My Friend. Another Great Artist leaves us,” Madonna tweeted.
“George Michael’s sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death,” said McCartney. “Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self-deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.”
Here are 16 of George Michael’s most memorable songs…