George Michael's family cancel a charity tribute concert

1 November 2017, 10:06

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A proposed charity concert in tribute to George Michael has apparently been blocked by the late singer's family.

Shortly after George's death on Christmas Day last year, plans for a special gig emerged from Childline founder Esther Rantzen.

However, the singer's estate is said to have axed the show, for which all profits were to be donated to Childline, a charity George had worked with during his career.

"There will no longer be a tribute concert because his family said no," Rantzen told the Mirror.

"It was a real shame as I’d have loved to celebrate his music and give the fans a chance to say goodbye – and it would have been to benefit his favourite charity, too.

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"Once the family say no there’s nothing we can do."

Rantzen added that the concert was to be staged at London's Royal Albert Hall.

George had a long standing connection to the children's charity, giving the proceeds of his 1996 number one 'Jesus to a Child' to the charity in secret.

His estate said in response: "We don’t usually comment on private or business matters."

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