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George Michael 1963-2016

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Global singing sensation and icon George Michael has died on Christmas Day, aged 53.

 

Police are describing the death as "unexplained but not suspicious".

 

They said paramedics attended his home in Goring in Oxfordshire at 1.42pm today - where he was declared dead at the scene.

 

His publicist announced he has "passed away peacefully at home" at 11pm last night.

 

The full statement read: "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.

 

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

 

George Michael has sold more than 80 million records worldwide in a career spanning four decades - but his life in recent years has been dogged by controversy, including when he nearly passed away in 2011 from illness.

 

George made an in the round appearance at Sydney's Gay and Lesbian Mardi Gras Party in 2010 and resided in Potts Point for a substantial part of recent years.

 

Here is his show from Mardi Gras thanks to chicagojes as media were barred from filming the performance even though the room was full of camera phones.  lol

 

 

 

RIP George, you will be missed.

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Never Marry an Icon - The Loss of One

Each year many wonderful entertainers and people in the public eye unfortunately pass, and for the most part many of them in our lives will go unnoticed. It is, after all, sometimes hard to grieve for the loss of someone we have never met, or that we are distanced from either physically or socially.


So why is it other celebrity deaths produce a sense of grief and loss? A celebrity, or iconic performer, that touched our lives at some pivotal point becomes like a friend we view from a distance. They open our minds to new ideas, they inspire us, they motivate us, and they have an uncanny ability at times to help us feel good when no when else can, whether it’s watching them on the big screen or simply listening to them.


Sometimes it can just be the simple notion that they allow us a sense of just being ourselves when surrounded by a world of conformity. Bowie, Prince, Robin Williams, all incredibly talented and unique performers.


However let’s not also forget Pete Burns who passed recently of a massive cardiac arrest. Pete, from ‘Dead or Alive’, may only be remembered by many for being a one-hit wonder and someone in recent years that made every Top 10 list of “Botched up Plastic Surgeries”.


Pete Burns was more than that. In a time of Gender Bending in the 80’s he took that concept and bent it another 69 degrees. He also had a cut throat no bullshit attitude and was ready to speak his mind with an acid tongue well before Nicki Minaj was even thought of. He didn’t just teach me to wear whatever I liked and not care what society thought; he taught me it was ok to speak my mind.


So when we mourn a celebrity death, we don’t always shed a tear because we knew them personally, we shed a tear because in some way, shape or form, they helped us know ourselves a little better.

 

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David "Daisy" Burg Passes Away

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Sydney legend, good friend to the entire Guidetogay.com crew and friend to many a Sydney-sider passed away on December 17, 2008 after a long battle with illness.

Daisy was legendary for his community spirit, involvement in many community organisations - including the aspirant GLBTI broadcaster, FREEfm.

His warm spirit, friendship and genuine nature will be missed by all.

If you knew Daisy, we would love you to post memories and messages below...

Thanks to the awesome Petez Images for lots of shots and remembering Daisy so brilliantly. ;-)
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