George Michael's ex-partner of many years Kenny Goss has revealed that he is "heartbroken" by the sad news that the iconic singer has passed away aged 53.
In a statement, he wrote: "I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and long-time love George Michael has passed. He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man. The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him." The couple first began dating in 1996 and split in 2009, but reportedly remained close following their break-up.
George and Kenny were in a relationship until 2009
The singer was in a relationship with celebrity hair stylist Fadi Fawaz at the time of his death, who took to Twitter to speak about finding George on Christmas morning. He wrote: "It’s a Xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning… I will never stop missing you." Other close friends of the star have paid tribute to him including his former Wham! bandmate, Andrew Ridgeley. He tweeted: "Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx." He later wrote that he was "cleft with grief" following the news. Elton John also paid his respects, writing: "I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans."
George died on Christmas Day aged 53
George's publicist announced that the star had passed away on Christmas Day. In a statement to HELLO!, he wrote: "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period. The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."