Alim Kheraj
Updated Dec 28, 2016 @ 1:19 am
Britney Spears
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Following his sad passing on Christmas day, fellow pop singer Britney Spears has paid tribute to George Michael.

It was announced on December 25th that the iconic singer George Michael had died aged 53. Since his untimely passing, many people have shared their touching tributes to the star, including the likes of Mariah Carey and his friend Elton John.

A statement released by a representative for George Michael shared the devastating news announcing that the singer had passed away peacefully at his home, with the New York Times reporting that his death was “unexpected, but not suspicious.”

Now Britney Spears has shared her tribute to George Michael and it perfectly highlights why we’ll all miss him.

Sharing the message on Instagram alongside a picture of the late singer, Spears said that she had been thinking a lot about Michael and the “positive effect he’s had on this world.”

Britney’s touching message comes following a fake reports that she herself had died. According to a tweet sent out by Sony Music’s Twitter account, it was announced that Britney had also passed away. This was, in fact, not that case. However, that didn’t stop the hoax from spreading across the internet.

Indeed, it appears that that Sony Music Twitter account was hacked, and Britney put the rumors to bed by posting these goofy selfies.

On Tuesday (December 27th), George Michael’s family released a statement thanking people for their messages of support, their kind tributes, and for sharing his music on social media.

Indeed, since his sad passing, George Michael’s music has seen a 3000% surge in popularity on the music streaming service Spotify.