George Michael's secret acts of extraordinary generosity revealed after his death - they're bringing fans to tears

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George Michael's secret acts of extraordinary generosity revealed after his death - they're bringing fans to tears

Post by eddie on Mon Dec 26, 2016 2:57 pm

George Michael's secret acts of extraordinary generosity revealed after his death - they're bringing fans to tears

People are now sharing the stories he humbly asked them to keep quiet

Fans of singer and 80s pop icon George Michael woke to the devastating news this morning that he has died over the Christmas period - and are now sharing his extraordinary stories.

The star's publicist made a statement at 11pm on Christmas Day, revealing that he had passed away "peacefully at home" aged just 53.

Tributes immediately began to pour in from celebrities and fans around the world, but with them came amazing memories of George from across his lifetime.

It's been revealed that George Michael was an incredible and humble philanthropist behind his stage persona.

Here are just some of the tales emerging about the superstar today - plus some we already knew.

If you have any to add, leave them in the comments section below or email yourmirror@mirror.co.uk.



1. Anonymously donated £15k for a woman's IVF treatment

Among them was the incredible tale from Pointless presenter Richard Osman, that the star had anonymously donated £15,000 to a woman who couldn't afford IVF. Osman, who used to work as an executive producer on Deal or No Deal, shared the story on Twitter, saying: "A woman on Deal Or No Deal told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k."

But that's not the only tale of his random acts of kindness emerging after his death.


2. Donated £25k to a stranger in debt

Replying to Richard Osman's story, one person said George Michael had once been seen in a cafe helping out a stranger who was crying because she was in debt.
Not wanting her to know he was helping, he gave the waitress a cheque for £25,000 to give to her after he left.

3. Secretly volunteered at homeless shelter

It has also emerged that George Michael was anonymously volunteering at a homeless shelter, and had asked other volunteers to keep it a secret.

4. Anonymously donated millions to Childline

Childline's founder and president Dame Esther Rantzen told the Press Association: "For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public so no-one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation's most vulnerable children.

"Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him - to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the 100s of 1,000s of children he helped through supporting Childline."

5. Kept small charities afloat

One woman tweeted to say she had once spoken to someone from a charity who said they were "only afloat" because of George Michael.

6. Supported NHS nurses

In 2006, George held a special free concert for NHS nurses to attend in north London.
He announced he would be hosting the event as a special thank you to the nurses who had cared for his late mother.
At the time, nurses who attended spoke to the BBC about how it made them feel.

Susan Steadman said: "He made all of us feel special. People do say thank you, but for George to say it publicly feels good."

Ranjani Kendrick said: "I had the time of my life. It was such a vibrant atmosphere. I thank George Michael for making us feel appreciated.

"We all were so touched by the comments he made. I am glad the work we do has not gone unnoticed."

He's since given free seats away to NHS nurses at other concerts.

7. Donated his royalties

George Michael donated all the royalties from his 1996 number one single Jesus To a Child to charity.
He performed on Band Aid's Do They Know It's Christmas.
Michael also donated the royalties from Last Christmas/Everything She Wants to Ethiopian famine relief, and proceeds from Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me went to Aids hospice London Lighthouse and the Rainbow Trust children's charity.

8. Saved John Lennon's piano

In the year 2000, George Michael bought John Lennon's piano - on which he composed 'Imagine' - for £1.45million from a private collector, vowing to keep it in the UK.
He then donated it to the Beatles Story museum in Liverpool so that it could be kept in Lennon's hometown forever.
Fans are marvelling at how he kept all of these acts of kindness quiet during his lifetime.
Some are being brought to tears, while others are expressing that it's a mark of the man he was.


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Post by magica on Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:31 pm

He did this through kindness and love, not for publicity. That makes him stand out more to me than any music.

Im wasnt a great George Michael fan, but I liked some of his songs, especially Turn A Different Corner, he did have a great voice.

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Post by eddie on Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:38 pm

I wouldn't say I was a massive fan but he never made me turn the radio off or down, and there were a couple of songs that were really good.
He was a talented guy and could do what he did, live, so he was a genuine artist IMO.

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Post by Guest on Mon Dec 26, 2016 3:45 pm

What an extraordinary talented/private man.  Just goes to show - we don't know what we don't know about the many entertainers that we get the privilege to see & hear.
And after the many 'Reality TV Shows' that we get inundated with over here where the Rich & Famous squander their money the way that the Kardashians do {for example} ...it's heartwarming to know that he wasn't about publicity but just helping where he chose too. I love you

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Post by eddie on Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:00 pm

You summed that up well and deserved a green for that.

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Post by Spindleshanks on Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:03 pm

I read earlier something along the lines that he stopped making albums for sale, instead providing free downloads with the provision that a donation would be made to charity.

Everything I've read today seems to point towards one thing, that he was a genuinely, thoroughly nice guy.
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Post by eddie on Mon Dec 26, 2016 4:08 pm

Indeed Spindleshanks. Seems that way.

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