George Michael’s Death: Elton John, Ellen DeGeneres, More Stars React With ‘Shock,’ Sadness

“I am in deep shock,” writes Elton John

Last Updated: December 26, 2016 @ 5:16 AM

The news of George Michael’s death at the age of 53 is reverberating around the world on Christmas Day as stars are already sharing their shock and sadness on social media.

“I am in deep shock,” wrote Elton John on an Instagram message which appeared with a photo (above) of him with the late pop icon. “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.”

Michael’s former Wham! singing partner Andrew Ridgeley also took to Twitter:

Here is some of what other stars are saying:

Actress Rosario Dawson paid tribute to the pop star by posting the lyrics to his 1990 hit song, “Freedom”:

I Won’t Let You Down
I Will Not Give You Up
Gotta Have Some Faith In The Sound
It’s The One Good Thing That I’ve Got
I Won’t Let You Down
So Please Don’t Give Me Up
‘Cause I Would Really, Really Love, To Stick Around, Oh Yeah…
#RestInParadise George Michael #Freedom #YouveGottaGiveForWhatYouTake