26/12/2016 11:03 AM AEDT | Updated 26/12/2016 12:18 PM AEDT

Elton John Leads Tributes To George Michael Following Superstar's Shock Death

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British singer George Michael performs on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris, on September 9, 2012. Sidaction is a charity event which aims to collect money for the struggle against AIDS virus. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

Sir Elton John has led tributes to George Michael, following the pop superstar’s death today aged 53. 

The former Wham! singer turned global hitmaker died at his home in Oxfordshire, and his passing has sent waves of shock and sadness around the entertainment world, in which he remained so loved and respected, despite becoming relatively reclusive in recent years. 

Sir Elton shared his grief on social media tonight, expressing his shock and saying, “I have lost a beloved friend, the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist.”

Other high-profile figures from the entertainment world have also shared their sadness and paid tribute to the superstar, including those bands including Duran Duran and Spandau Ballet who made their names during the same era as Wham! 

Other pop stars joined figures from the entertainment world in saluting a star whose three decades of music gave fans such a huge part of the soundtrack of their formative years. 

George Michael at 50



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