Unlike many stars, George Michael chose to stay under-the-radar with his hugely generous acts to complete strangers throughout his life. Here are just a few tastes of what an amazing man he was:
Donating £15,000 to a stranger for IVF treatment
Lynette Gillard appeared on the Deal or No Deal TV game show, and explained her reason for playing: she wanted to win enough money to fund her IVF treatment.
George Michael had been watching the show, and secretly called the station the next day, offering to cover the whole cost. Richard Osman, the producer of Deal or No Deal, confirmed the story after George's death:
And Lynette only found out that it was George who donated the money after she saw the Tweet!
Working undercover at a homeless shelter
After his death on Christmas Day, 2016, George's old colleagues came forward to reveal he had worked alongside them at a homeless shelter. He had requested that his co-workers keep his work a secret.
Threw a free concert "just for nurses" after mother's death
In 2006, George Michael put on a free Christmas concert "just for nurses", saying:
"Almost 10 years ago, during the last week of my mother's life, I told my friends and family that if I ever played my own concerts again, I would make sure to do a free one for NHS nurses. The nurses that helped my family at that time were incredible people, and I realised just how undervalued these amazing people are. So I want to thank them with a Christmas concert,"
Watch a clip of the concert below:
Keeping Childline afloat, donating "millions"
Childline's Esther Ranzen revealed after George's death that he had given the charity "millions":
"For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public so no-one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children."