'It's the horror movie of the year. Literally.'
It's hard to see why anyone would read anything political into the life of a pop star who campaigned for 30 years for gay rights and was despised in the US for opposing the Iraq War
Fadi Fawaz previously revealed he had been the one who found Michael dead in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas morning
The year has been characterised by a long list of high-profile celebrity deaths
'Society calls what you do a vocation, and that means you don't get paid properly. Thank you for everything you do - some people appreciate it,' the pop superstar told the crowd at the time
In the coming days there’ll be stories blaming his ‘troubled life’, salacious appetite for sexual partners and ‘poor lifestyle choices’ for his untimely death. Rather than mourning his death, fingers are already being pointed towards ‘the gays’
'As usual there are a lot of stories about the controversy and difficult times he had. The story is a real account of a generous human'
It was a direct response to his arrest and the public reaction in 1998
'Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable,' says Paul McCartney
The man with a reputation for self-indulgence had actually given millions of pounds to charities
'It's not the type of thing that should be in storage somewhere or being protected, it should be seen by people,' Michael said
High-profile battles with drugs and associated court cases cemented Michael's reputation as the bête noire of both rampantly heteronormative journalists and gay apologists heaving under the weight of their own internalised homophobia
The performance, which showcases Michael's incredible vocals, had been largely forgotten about
Singing legend was that rarest thing: an icon who refused to apologise for who he loved or how he lived
The best-selling singer was the subject of a major scandal involving an undercover police officer in a Beverly Hills toilet – but managed to turn the incident around and embrace his sexuality
This year has seen the demise of some of the world's most famous faces