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George Michael dead; celebrities react to the Wham! singer's death

From fronting Wham! -- which gave us monster hits in the 1980s including "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" and "Everything She Wants" to a successful solo career ("Faith," "Freedom"), George Michael was a powerhouse of pop music.

Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou, Michael would go on to start Wham! in 1981 with Andrew Ridgeley.

Following the news of Michael's death at age 53 in Oxfordshire, England, on Dec. 25, celebrities who both knew him and/or his music took to social media to reflect on a pop giant.

Mariah Carey

Mariah Carey, who recorded George Michael's
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Mariah Carey, who recorded George Michael's "One More Try," wrote a tribute to him on her website on Monday. "George Michael was an original. He changed music and his music changed lives," she wrote. "We'll continue to mourn the loss of an incredible artist and friend but his music will keep us smiling and dancing, forever."

Martin Fry

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"Absolutely devastated to hear of the loss of @GeorgeMichael Truly brilliant talent #sad #sad #sad," the ABC singer posted on Twitter.

Andrew Ridgeley

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"Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx," tweeted Andrew Ridgeley, who made up the other half of Wham! with George Michael.

Elton John

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"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family, friends and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP," Elton John wrote on Instagram. (Pictured: John, right, with George Michael at the funeral for Princess Diana on Sept. 6, 1997.)

Nile Rodgers

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"#RIPGeorgeMichael. You were an absolute genius. My sincerest condolences go out to your family, David, Michael and your whole team," producer, musician and Chic co-founder Nile Rodgers tweeted.

Duran Duran

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"2016 - loss of another talented soul. All our love and sympathy to @GeorgeMichael's family," the band posted to its Twitter account.

Ellen DeGeneres

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"I just heard about my friend @GeorgeMichael's death. He was such a brilliant talent. I'm so sad," the talk show host wrote on Twitter.

Miley Cyrus

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"Miss you already! Thank you for your radical activism in the LGBTQ community! Love you always! @happyhippiefdn," the singer tweeted alongside a photo of Michael on Dec. 25, 2016.

James Corden

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"I've loved George Michael for as long as I can remember. He was an absolute inspiration. Always ahead of his time," James Corden tweeted on Dec. 25, 2016.

George Takei

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"Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas, and we shall miss you," the actor tweeted on Dec. 25.

Ryan Reynolds

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"George Michael was a kind and gentle soul. #Wham," Ryan Reynolds tweeted on Dec. 25, 2016.

Debbie Gibson

Debbie Gibson took to Twitter to express her
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Debbie Gibson took to Twitter to express her sadness over Michael's death, saying "#Heartbroken Here's how George Michael impacted my life..." and inlcuded a link to an in memoriam blog post on her website.

Brian Wilson

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"Very sad to hear that George Michael passed. He was a very talented musician and singer. Love & mercy to his family, friends and fans," Brian Wilson tweeted on Dec. 25, 2016.

Gabrielle Union

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"George Michael?!?!? Nooooooo! 2016 has been brutal. Show ppl you love them everyday. Life is too short," Gabrielle Union tweeted on Dec. 25, 2016.

Shannen Doherty

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"RIP #georgemichael as a young girl, I would dance around my room, with a grin on my face, listening to George Michael. May you find peace and #freedom," the actress posted on Instagram on Dec. 25.

Bryan Adams

The singer posted on Twitter on Christmas night:
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The singer posted on Twitter on Christmas night: "RIP George Michael. I can't believe it. Such an incredible singer and a lovely human being, far too young to leave us #georgemichael"

John Leguizamo

Actor John Leguizamo tweeted on Dec. 25:
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Actor John Leguizamo tweeted on Dec. 25: "R.I.P #georgeMichael pop icon! 53 years young!"

Debi Mazar

Actress Debi Mazar took to Instagram on Dec.
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Actress Debi Mazar took to Instagram on Dec. 25, quoting from Michael's hit "Careless Whisper": "I'm never gonna dance again..Guilty feet have got no rhythm" RIP #GeorgeMichael #Wham"

Josh Gad

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"Now #GeorgeMichael. For God's sake, let this nightmare year end. RIP sir. RIP," the comedian tweeted on Dec. 25.

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