George Michael's behind-the-scenes generosity has been put in the spotlight in the outpouring of tributes in the wake of the pop star's death.
UK television presenter Richard Osman claims Michael donated money to a women who needed funds for IVF. She was on the game show 'Deal Or No Deal' when Michael called to donate the money the next day.
A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k.— Richard Osman (@richardosman) December 26, 2016
Journalist Sali Hughes said Michael tipped a barmaid £5000 because she was a student nurse. She added on Twitter that he would host free concerts for nurses and was the only celebrity contestant on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire who would pay any lost cash.
I wrote in a piece ages ago about a celeb I'd worked with tipping a barmaid £5k because she was a student nurse in debt. Was George Michael.— Sali Hughes (@salihughes) December 26, 2016
George Michael was also the only star on HWTBAMillionaire who, when gambling all the charity's cash, said "if I lose it, I'll just pay it".— Sali Hughes (@salihughes) December 26, 2016
Grieving fans have been laying floral tributes outside his homes in north London and Goring, England. The 53-year-old died of apparent heart failure while sleeping, and was found on Christmas Day. The official cause of death is not known.
Reports indicate the pop star's philanthropy has added to millions of dollars with many charities announcing Michael as a significant behind-the-scenes donor. Childline founder Esther Rantzen told the Press Association Michael gave his royalties from his Jesus To A Child to the charity.
"Over the years he gave us millions and we were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create, we hoped, a big concert in tribute to him to his artistry, to his wonderful musicality but also to thank him for the hundreds of thousands of children he helped," she told the Press Association.
He was a significant spokesperson for the LGBTQ community, donating the proceeds from 'Don't Let The Sun Go Down On Me' to Aids hospice London Lighthouse.
Pat Cash wrote on Twitter that he visited a children's hospital with Michael under one condition: no press or media.
Sad to hear about George Michaels we used to hang a far bit back in the 90's. I suggested to my press agent we go to a kids cancer hospital— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) December 26, 2016
that he did work for in London. I mentioned it to George and he said he would love to come along on one condition, no press or media.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) December 26, 2016
The kids didn't know us but it brightened the day of the worried parents and staff. Sweet kind man and one heck of a singer / writer.— Pat Cash (@TheRealPatCash) December 26, 2016
Many other philanthropists and celebrities have been posting tributes on social media since the news Michael's death.
Nice to remember George Michael and Wham! played a benefit gig for the Miners' Strike at the Royal Festival Hall in September 1984 #Pride— Joe Oliver (@joe_oliver) December 26, 2016
Every Easter at Capital when I was on air with chris Tarrant for help a london child George would call in at 3.30pm with a £100.000 donation— Mick Brown (@djmickbrown) December 25, 2016
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