Fans mourn Ge­orge Michael as char­i­ties praise good works

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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.”

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