Elton John Sings Emotional ‘Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me’ Tribute To George Michael [VIDEO]
Elton John delivered an emotional tribute to his late friend and fellow singer George Michael at the start of his Las Vegas concert Wednesday night.
“On Christmas Day, George Michael passed away, which was one of the saddest moments of my career because I’ve known George Michael more or less since the start of Wham! and got to know him very well, played with him, recorded with him,” the singer began onstage. “It was the most awful news because he was on the road back supposedly to good health.”
Elton John opened his show with a tribute to the late singer and performed “Don’t Let the Sun Go Down on Me,” which he sang with Michael in 1990. John delivered the emotional tune while a large image of Michael was projected behind the stage, People reported. (RELATED: George Michael Is Dead At 53)
“Apart from his music, which is outstanding … more than anything as a human being he was one of the kindest, sweetest, most generous people I’ve ever met,” said John. “He gave so much money to so many great causes without telling anybody.”
Micheal passed away in his bed at his Oxfordshire home and was found on Christmas day by his boyfriend. The English singer-songwriter was 53-years-old. (REPORT: George Micheal Secretly Battled Heroin Addiction Before Death)
After hearing the news of Michael’s shocking death, John posted a picture of the two of them to Instagram.
“I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend–the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist,” John said in the caption. “My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans.”
John wiped away tears onstage as he told the audience he wished that “George was here to sing it with me.”