George Michael, a popular English singer and songwriter, died on December 25 at the age of just 53. One of the most successful and best-selling British artists, George Michael is best known for his work in the 1980s and 1990s including his hit singles such as “Last Christmas”. To pay tribute to this pop icon, we decided to compile this post with some little-known facts about him. If you are one of millions of George Michael fans, check out these 25 Things You Might Not Know About George Michael.
George Michael´s original name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. He was named after his father, Kyriacos Panayiotou, a Greek Cypriot restaurateur.
Michael´s hit Last Christmas is one of the most popular Christmas songs ever, having been covered by a number of artists since its original release in 1984. Christmas was actually Michael´s favorite holiday. The singer died on the Christmas Day.
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George Michael won various music awards throughout his career, including 3 Brit Awards, 4 MTV Video Music Awards, 4 Ivor Novello Awards, 3 American Music Awards, and 2 Grammy Awards (from 8 nominations).
George Michael was involved in seven car crashes and was banned from driving for some time.
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In 2011, George Michael almost died from pneumonia. After he woke from the coma, he experienced a rare medical condition known as the foreign accent syndrome. Michael claimed he had a temporary West Country accent.
George Michael was a generous philanthropist. He supported many charities during his life, including Childline, Terrence Higgins Trust, Macmillan Cancer Support and others. He was also a member of the charity group Aid Band that was founded to raise money for anti-famine efforts in Africa.
Michael met Andrew Ridgeley, the other member of the music duo Wham!, at the Bushey Meads School in Bushey, Hertfordshire, England. When Michael was enrolled at the school, Ridgeley volunteered to take him under his wing.