George Michael tribute concert ‘being planned for next year’ to celebrate singer’s life

A star-studded tribute concert for George Michael is being planned [Getty]

According to The Mirror, Childline charity founder Dame Esther Rantzen is planning a tribute concert for Wham! singer George Michael after his sudden death on Christmas Day.

It was revealed that George had secretly given £2million in Childline donations. 

And now the founder of the charity wants to thank him, by celebrating his life and marking the 30th anniversary of the counselling service.

Esther said: “George helped us to reach out to hundreds of thousands of children through his generosity.

The Wham! singer had secretly donated £2million to Childline [Getty]

“I met him a couple of times, he approached us, rather than us going cap in hand to him, but it was an intensely personal gift.

“He didn’t want it to be known or to be part of his image.”

The 76 year old added: “I think it would be wonderful to celebrate him with a tribute concert next year.

“We were able to counsel 300,000 children who needed help last year, through emails, online and phone calls, and George made a palpable difference.”

George Michael died on Christmas Day aged 53 [Getty]

The Childline donation is just one of many generous acts that have been revealed since the singer’s tragic death.

The Club Tropicana star also secretly donated £15k to a woman who needed IVF.

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The singer was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day after passing away from suspected heart failure.

In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.

George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz posted a heartbreaking message after singer’s death [Wenn]

“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”

Thames Valley Police said South Central Ambulance Service attended a property in Goring in Oxfordshire at 13:42 GMT.

Police say there were no suspicious circumstances, but the death was “unexplained”.

George’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, later shared a heartbreaking tribute to him, saying he discovered him in bed.

Elton John paid a heartfelt tribute to the Wham! star [Getty]

“It’s a xmas I will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning..,(sic)” he posted.

“I will never stop missing you xx.”

George’s close friend Elton John lead the star-studded tributes, taking to Instagram to share a photo of them together.

“I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans.”

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