George Michael's Family Shares Touching Tribute With Fans On Anniversary Of His Death

"Take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly."

This Christmas marked the one-year anniversary of pop music legend George Michael's death at age 53. To acknowledge 12 months without him, Michael's family shared a touching message to fans on the late singer's website

The message was accompanied by a childhood photo of Michael playing in the snow, dated "circa 1967." The note includes the family's thoughts on their first holiday without him, and what it was like to hear his iconic Christmas music after his death.

"This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog [Michael's nickname], not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear 'Last Christmas' and 'December Song' streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he's no longer here with us, missing him," the message reads.

The note continues to say that Michael loved Christmas himself, "and always hoped it would snow." The family reminds fans that the late singer "would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends."

"Yog shared his music with all of us, and many of you connected deeply with his words, yet in life, many hold their own important words and feelings inside, as so often they are the hardest to say out loud," the message goes on, as the family encourages fans, "if you can, in his memory this year,"to say "I love you" to friends and family.

"We all think there is time, don't we? – but, just maybe, it's later than you think," the note reads.

Following Michael's death last year, a number of artists have paid tribute to his music, from Chris Martin to Sam Smith. Fans have also remembered him for his charitable spirit, with many tweeting about his anonymous generosity, from donating money to causes he cared about to volunteering at a homeless shelter.

In September of this year, fans received an exciting surprise when Michael's first posthumous single was released — a remake of the old B-side "Fantasy."

(H/T: Rolling Stone)

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