George Michael passed away from heart failure on Sunday, according to his manager.
Elton, who worked with the 53-year-old, wrote in Instagram: ”I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans.”
Ellen DeGeneres called him ”a brilliant talent,” while Ricky Gervais reacted by tweeting ”unbelievable.”
Rob Lowe and James Corden also tweeted. Rob wrote: ”Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them.”
James posted: ”I’ve loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.”
George appeared on Wrap Her Up and Nikita with Elton. The pair also joined forces for a new version of Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.
On February 1, 1992, the track rose from No. 3 to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100, surpassing the performance of the Rocket Man’s original studio version, which peaked at #2 in 1974. The duet became the eighth No. 1 single for each artist (not counting two other chart-toppers that Michael scored as part of Wham! in 1984-85.)
Fans have been laying flowers and placing tributes outside his home in Oxfordshire.