Fans mourn George Michael as charities praise good works
LONDON | Grieving fans mourned the death of pop star George Michael as British charities praised his behindthe-scenes generosity on behalf of numerous causes. The singer’s death was announced late Sunday. Many paid tribute on Facebook and Twitter, and top charity figures stepped forward Monday to thank the late entertainer for years of donations and good works.
Among the groups he supported were the Terrence Higgins Trust, which helps people with AIDS, Macmillan Cancer Support and Childline, which offers confidential phone counseling for young people.
Childline founder Esther Rantzen said Mr. Michael gave royalties from his 1996 hit “Jesus to a Child” to the charity along with many other donations.
“Over the years he gave us millions,” she said, adding that he was determined that no one outside the charity should know “how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children.”