Friends of George Michael has spoken out about the impact the star had on their lives. (Clockwise from left: George Michael and Geri Halliwell, Elton John, Andrew Ridgeley, Brian May and Robbie Williams))

How George Michael changed my life: Famous friends reveal his lasting influence

Elton John was good friends with George Michael

Elton John pays emotional tribute to friend George Michael at BST Hyde Park show

George Michael and Anselmo

The powerful moment George Michael first locked eyes with ‘future soulmate’ in audience

The Freddie Mercury Tribute concert saw the George Michael and Lisa Stansfield (top) join stars including David Bowie and Annie Lennox in celebrating the life of the Queen frontman.

The Freddie Mercury tribute concert: A guide to the greatest gig of the ‘90s

George Michael's Freedom Uncut is released in June

George Michael: No plans for ABBA-style hologram show but new music could be on the way

George Michael's Freedom Uncut

George Michael Freedom Uncut: New clip shows the genius behind his 'Freedom 90' video

Andrew Ridgeley is working on a new Wham! and George Michael documentary for Netflix

Andrew Ridgeley is working on a new Wham! and George Michael documentary for Netflix

As the pre-recorded video rolled, Ricky could be seen lying in bed holding his comedy award, surrounded by Baftas and Emmys and telling the audience that he was too important to be there in person.

Remembering George Michael and Ricky Gervais's filthy innuendo-filled comedy sketch

George Michael joins his backing singers to perform 'This Little Light if Mine' backstage on his 25 Live Tour

George Michael sings jaw-dropping version of ‘This Little Light of Mine’ in rare backstage video

George Michael was so proud when he found out that Mariah Carey had covered 'One More Try'.

Watch Mariah Carey pay tribute to George Michael with beautiful version of 'One More Try'

George Michael tops Smooth's All Time Top 500 for 2022

George Michael tops Smooth's All Time Top 500 for the fifth time - see the full chart

George Michael's Freedom Uncut is being released

George Michael's 'Freedom Uncut' documentary: New trailer and full ticket details revealed

George Michael covered Stevie Wonder's 'As'

The Story of... 'As' by Stevie Wonder, covered by George Michael and Mary J Blige

George Michael has a back catalogue of exceptional cover songs.

7 times George Michael blew us away with phenomenal cover songs

George Michael's Older album is being re-released

George Michael's classic album 'Older' is getting a special re-release for 25th anniversary

Kelly Clarkson and George Michael

Watch Kelly Clarkson pay brilliant tribute to George Michael with 'Faith' cover

George Michael's song Careless Whisper has been used by another artist

George Michael's estate accuses singer of using unauthorised 'Careless Whisper' sample

Andrew Ridgeley

Andrew Ridgeley facts: Wham singer's age, partner and friendship with George Michael revealed