Contact Us

George Michael Dies; Elton John, Queen Mourn His Loss

Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on

Pop superstar George Michael has died of heart failure at the age of 53. This tragic Christmas Day news has prompted two legendary classic rock acts with whom he shared the stage, Elton John and Queen, to pay their respects.

Michael’s publicist confirmed the news in a statement issued to the BBC. β€œIt 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.”

In 1991, John and Michael teamed up to duet on a new version of Elton’s 1974 classic “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which you can see below. In a new Instagram post, John declared, “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans.”

The following year, Michael was among the parade of superstars who joined forces for the Freddie Mercury tribute concert. He performed three songs with Queen at the event, including a showstopping take on “Somebody to Love.” Tonight the group posted a video of that performance as a tribute to Michael.

Watch George Michael & Elton John Perform ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’

Subscribe to Ultimate Classic Rock on

Rockers We’ve Lost in 2016

More Musicians React to George Michael's Death

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Ultimate Classic Rock

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Ultimate Classic Rock quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!