Elton John has paid a touching tribute to George Michael
Elton, 69 – who is said to have had a tumultuous relationship with George, who died on Christmas Day at the age of 53 – spoke out about the Wham! star on Beats 1, in an interview that will air later today.
Elton explained: "I wanted to do a little tribute to him on the show because not only was he a good friend, but he was probably one of the most brilliant songwriters this country’s ever produced, and certainly one of the best vocalists ever. One of the best in the world.
"It was an amazing friendship based on music to start with, and I remember sitting in the car just off of Hyde Park listening to a cassette of 'Wake Me Up Before You Go Go' and I said, ‘George, that’s the nearest record I’ve heard to a Motown record for years and years.’
"It was such a great record, and he and I became great friends. I just want to remember him for his wonderful music and his kindness, which people are commenting on."
Elton said George was 'the kindest and most generous man'
Elton spoke out about George in a new radio interview
I’ve seen him being so kind to so many people. I’ll miss him so much for his music but more than anything for his humanity.
Elton John pays tribute to George Michael
Elton went on to say of George's personality: "He was the kindest, most generous man, and did it without wanting any publicity.
"I’ve seen him being so kind to so many people. I’ll miss him so much for his music but more than anything for his humanity."
Elton's comments come after it was reported yesterday that George's funeral has been delayed further.
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George died on Christmas Day aged 53
It's been claimed that toxicology tests are yet to be completed — and may not be for weeks.
"In similar cases, toxicology tests can take around eight weeks, maybe a little longer, so I would have thought the results will come back towards the end of the month," a source told The Sun.
“There have been no new updates on the case – but from the moment of George’s death police have said it was not suspicious.”