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With the sad news of the singer's death, we look at some of the reflections he shared on his life and experiences.
"I still believe that music is one of the greatest gifts that God gave to man."
"There is no such thing as a reluctant star."
"It's important to me that I should be free to express myself."
"I never minded being thought of as a pop star. People have always thought I wanted to be seen as a serious musician, but I didn't, I just wanted people to know that I was absolutely serious about pop music."
"I have the audience I deserve. Or at least I have the audience that represents the kind of people that I like."
"Celebrity and secrets don't go together. The bastards will get you in the end."
"I have never felt any ethnic connection between the Greeks and me other than how hairy I am."
"You can't imagine what it's like playing to people who have been loyal to you for 25 years and haven't seen you for 15."
"I went to prison, I paid my bill."
"You'll never find peace of mind until you listen to your heart."
"I have never thought about my sexuality being right or wrong. To me it has always been a case of finding the right person."
"Even though it's become a really cliched thing to see musicians working for charity, it's still effective and it still has to be done."