Pop star George Michael passed away on Christmas day, leaving behind him a legacy of more than music. Since his death stories of his generosity has been surfacing left and right. His acts of philanthropy have been closely guarded by him, despite all the media attention on his life.
His acts of kindness includes a story where he has once tipped a bar maid 5000 pounds, after learning that she was a student nurse struggling with debt. He was also supposed to have donated millions to the Childline, the charity which offers child counselling services.
Once the partner of a contestant of the English game show, “Deal Or no Deal” has declared that she needed 15000 pounds for IVF treatment, Michael has secretly called the show and donated money. During last Christmas, he has donated from his royalties for Ethiopian famine relief efforts. All of these are in addition to his more publicly known cause, Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity for the HIV. Actor Emilyne Mondo has tweeted that George Michael anonymously volunteered at a homeless shelter, a fact he wanted to keep secret. Singer and activist Billy Bragg has stated that Michael’s support for LGBTQ community, National Hospital Services and minors make him an activist in addition to a great artiste. All of these are in addition to his more publicly known cause, Terrence Higgins Trust, a charity for the HIV.