Although George Michael did particularly well in the US, his MUSIC saw no borders. Singers, actors, comedians and politicians from around the world have taken to social media to express their shock and sadness, after hearing the news that British pop singer George Michael has passed.
American talk show host and comedian Ellen DeGeneres was one of the first celebrities to react to the news tweeting, "I just heard about my friend George Michael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad."
"I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember," wrote British talk show host James Corden on his twitter page, adding "George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe its message means more now than ever."
Singer Bryan Adams also took to twitter in disbelief writing, "I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us."
"Say a prayer for him", singer Meatloaf asked his fans, while music band One Republic tweeted they were "Blasting 'Last Christmas' now."
Actors Ryan Reynolds and George Takei also tweeted about the British pop star, while comedian Margaret Cho called George "an icon" and "an ally".
Even Britain's Labor Party leader Jeremy Corbyn tweeted that he was sad to hear the news of Michael's death, writing: "He was an exceptional artist and a strong supporter of LGBT and workers' rights.