Friends and fans are pouring their hearts out and paying respects after news came on Christmas that George Michael had died.
The iconic singer -- best known for his success in the early '80s with Wham! and then a solo career that kicked off with the hit, "Careless Whisper" -- died on Sunday at his home in London. He was 53.
Michael's good friend, Elton John, took to Instagram to honor the late singer.
"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist," John wrote alongside a photo of him and Michael. "My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP."
British actor Ricky Gervaias was one of the first to post on social media, where he alluded to how difficult 2016 has been. "Unbelievable," he tweeted. "RIP George Michael."
Unbelievable.— Ricky Gervais (@rickygervais) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael.
And supermodel Linda Evangelista, who starred in the music video for Michael's iconic "Freedom! '90," shared a black-and-white photo with the singer on Instagram.
"I am beyond heartbroken and devastated by another tragic loss," she captioned the pic. "R.I.P. dearest Georgy."
See how other stars have reacted to the news:
I never told him (mainly because I thought I'd freak him out) but #georgemichael has always been such an influence on me. As a child, his was the first voice I could pick out of the sea of voices I heard on the radio. Before I knew anything about him, I knew his voice. As an adult, I cried when I saw him in concert. His songs and his voice helped to teach me how to sing. I will forever regret not letting him know...Thank you, George, for giving the world your gifts...may you rest in peace.
Had the pleasure of knowing George Michael in the 80s. Voice of an angel. Now he can sing for them.— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) December 26, 2016
#RIPGeorgeMichael. You were an absolute genius. My sincerest condolences go out to your family, David, Michael and your whole team— Nile Rodgers (@nilerodgers) December 26, 2016
RIP George Michael— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) December 25, 2016
absolutely devastated about george michael. what a fucked up way to end this year. rest in peace my friend....— Belinda Carlisle (@belindaofficial) December 26, 2016
I can't deal with this. One of my ALL TIME favorites. RIP George Michael and I really hate writing that so much. https://t.co/1cRJBMgYga— billy eichner (@billyeichner) December 25, 2016
God Bless George Michael , Say a prayer for him . A nice human .— Meat Loaf (@RealMeatLoaf) December 25, 2016
10 Christmases ago today James Brown died. Today, George Michael... RIP...— Talib Kweli Greene (@TalibKweli) December 26, 2016
I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time.— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
George Michael wrote Praying for Time 25 years ago but I truly believe it's message means more now than ever. https://t.co/f03zlWYbLa— James Corden (@JKCorden) December 25, 2016
RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael— Bryan Adams (@bryanadams) December 25, 2016
Rest peacefully George Micheal 🙏🏼 so sad 💔— Cheryl (@CherylOfficial) December 26, 2016
Wow. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/sVgRYnfm6J— Randy Jackson (@YO_RANDYJACKSON) December 25, 2016
I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad.— Ellen DeGeneres (@TheEllenShow) December 25, 2016
Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you.— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) December 25, 2016
I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man. RIP George Michael pic.twitter.com/Ammqi2ZTup— Nina Garcia (@ninagarcia) December 25, 2016
"We send out our thoughts and love to one of the greatest voices in pop history. RIP George Michael.. "— Butch Walker (@butchwalker) December 26, 2016
Rest in peace George Michael. A true icon X— matty (@Truman_Black) December 25, 2016
Another incredible talent gone. Thank you for all the music Mr George Michael. Thoughts with your family and friends... 🙏🏼🙏🏼— Disclosure (@disclosure) December 25, 2016
Okay, I held off on calling it but it's official. Darkest Timeline. Godspeed George Michael. Fuck you 2016, you heartless fucking soul eater— (((Dan Harmon))) (@danharmon) December 26, 2016
This one hurts. RIP George Michael. This was a huge song for me, and whenever I hear it, it brings me back. https://t.co/Q8bpbmqx7r— Joe Rogan (@joerogan) December 26, 2016
R.I.P George Michael. Beyond sad, you were a legend, and you were far too young. Blasting "Last Christmas" now 🙏— OneRepublic (@OneRepublic) December 25, 2016
Heartbreaking news that we have lost another icon in George Michael. 2016 has been cruel at times. RIP x— Nathan Sykes (@NathanSykes) December 26, 2016
Another fine musical talent gone--RIP, George Michael. Spent Christmas evening dancing around to "Before You Go-Go." Damn you, 2016.— Stephen King (@StephenKing) December 26, 2016
Sad to hear about George Michael's passing. He was a big inspiration. 🌈💔 https://t.co/uUmnuHOkVc— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) December 25, 2016
other than a global pop phenom, George Michael was one of the true British soul greats. alot of us owe him an unpayable debt. bye George xx— Mark Ronson (@MarkRonson) December 25, 2016
Ugh. George Michael. 💔— Garbage (@garbage) December 25, 2016
So saddened to hear about the passing of George Michael today. He was a truly gifted singer and a musical inspiration. #RIPGeorgeMichael— Nick Lachey (@NickLachey) December 25, 2016
Another legend lost, thank you for the music.— Avan Jogia (@AvanJogia) December 25, 2016
George Michael RIP.
RIP George Michael. Gone too soon.— Lynda Carter (@RealLyndaCarter) December 25, 2016
The bravery of George Michael. Please let 2017 bring the individuals, freaks, mavericks and those with love in their hearts for all. X pic.twitter.com/tsAqlBjFeu— Gwendoline Christie (@lovegwendoline) December 26, 2016
What a year... RIP GEORGE MICHAEL ... 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾— QTip (@QtipTheAbstract) December 25, 2016
Absolutely devastated at the news of George Michael's passing. An otherworldly, misunderstood talent who was ahead of his time. #RIP— Kennedy (@KennedyNation) December 25, 2016
This Christmas is beautiful yet sad as I remember @GeorgeMichael and his amazing talent and the beauty he created with songs.— Tyra Banks (@tyrabanks) December 26, 2016
Stunned. George Michael. A talented and gentle soul. May you rest in Gods love and Peace 🙏🏿 #RIPGeorgeMichael— MC HAMMER (@MCHammer) December 26, 2016
R.I.P. George Michael...— Whoopi Goldberg (@WhoopiGoldberg) December 26, 2016
Thankful for the music...
GEORGE MICHAEL WHAT!?!?!!?!?!!?— Lucy Lawless (@RealLucyLawless) December 25, 2016
So sad about George Michael. Truly one of the greatest songwriters.— Ellie Goulding (@elliegoulding) December 26, 2016
C'ma C'ma C'maaaan! RIP George Michael! I can't believe 2016. Thank you for u💜💜💜— Sasha Grey (@SashaGrey) December 26, 2016
George Michael?! Jesus.— Mark Gatiss (@Markgatiss) December 25, 2016
May God Bless George Michael. A very talented guy and a musical icon. Too young to die. RIP #georgemichael— MichaelSweet Stryper (@michaelhsweet) December 25, 2016
Another beautiful voice gone too soon. #ripgeorgemichael— josh groban (@joshgroban) December 26, 2016
RIP George Michael:( One of the greats gone. Not many ultra talented superstars left. He was a true undeniable mega presence & inspiration.— reggie watts (@reggiewatts) December 26, 2016
Do you find it a bit strange the Evil ones like Trump &Pence will live to be 100 and Prince & George Michael are gone in their 50's? Wtf— Coco Montrese (@cocomontrese) December 26, 2016
Waking up to the sad news of George Michael's passing. An incredible talent taken far too soon. pic.twitter.com/MuTlPxEDSk— Kris Jenner (@KrisJenner) December 26, 2016