The All I Want for Christmas Is You singer posted a link to the article writing "Rest in Peace George" accompanied by a crying emoji. In the tribute to the star, she wrote: "George was only 53 at the time of his passing. He left us way too soon. He was a genius that gave us classics like Faith as well as boundary pushing singles I Want Your Sex and Father Figure. He also gave us the FIRST modern Christmas classic with Last Christmas. George was not only a great musician, he was an active ambassador in the LBGTQ community, pushing for greater understanding, acceptance, and love for all people. He touched so many lives and inspired us all."
George passed away aged 53
She then shared a Twitter conversation between the pair which took place back in 2014. After George thanked her for her version of One More Try, Mariah replied: "I'm so honoured you like my rendition of "One More Try." You & this song have always meant so much to me. Fan & friend for life." She concluded: "We'll continue to mourn the loss of an incredible artist and friend but his music will keep us smiling and dancing, forever." George's publicist announced the news that the singer had passed away aged 53 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."