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George Michael's family pay touching tribute a year after his death
George Michael died on Christmas Day in 2016 (Picture: Marc Broussely/Redferns)

George Michael’s family have paid tribute to the late singer a year on from his untimely death.

The music legend sadly passed away on Christmas day 2016 from what later transpired to be a form of heart disease.

Tributes were left outside his house to mark the year anniversary, with fans leaving photos, candles and other tributes outside to mark the fact that it’s been a year since his tragic passing – with regular visitors also stopping at the shrine to pay their respects.

His family have now taken to his official website to ask fans to ‘raise a glass’ to the late singer, and to remember to appreciate loved ones.

They wrote: ‘This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog, not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘December Song’ streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he’s no longer here with us, missing him.

George Michael's family pay touching tribute a year after his death
George died at the age of 53. (Picture: Jim Steinfeldt/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

‘This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss, and that the sadness of our wider family, and true friends, is shared by many of you.’

They added: ‘Yog, who loved Christmas, and always hoped it would snow… would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends.’

The full note from George Michael's family

Hi Everyone,

Can’t believe it is the end of the year, where has it gone…?!

We want to thank you firstly for making Listen Without Predjudice Number One again, we were happy, and sad all at the same time…
He’d have absolutely LOVED it!!

Can’t you just see that beaming smile and hear him say ‘Thank you my Lovelies’?

He was so happy to be giving you MTV Unplugged which he knew you had wanted… he really loved that magical night and it showed didn’t it, in his stunning, joyous performance…

This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog, not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘December Song’ streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he’s no longer here with us, missing him.

This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss, and that the sadness of our wider family, and true friends, is shared by many of you.

We are at ‘that age’ and realise that this year many of you will have had difficult losses too.

Yog, who loved Christmas, and always hoped it would snow… would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends.

As we all know Christmas is not always easy, life isn’t perfect, and families are complicated…

Yog shared his music with all of us, and many of you connected deeply with his words, yet in life, many hold their own important words and feelings inside, as so often they are the hardest to say out loud.

So if you can, in his memory this year, take a moment and a deep breath and say those ‘I Love You’s’ out loud.
We all think there is time, don’t we? – but, just maybe, it’s later than you think…

Have a good Christmas everyone…
and as our darling Yog would say…

“Take Care”

Melanie, Yioda, Jack & David — looking up

…Yog, Lesley, Anselmo, Hippy, Mo & Meg — smiling down

George died at the age of 53 from natural causes at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Fans of George were devastated by the loss, as was his partner of four years Fadi, who discovered George’s body.

The Wham! star died from a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. Due to a delay in his post-mortem, his funeral was not held until 29 March, with the star being buried in Highgate Cemetery.

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