George Michael’s £100m fortune ‘will go to his Godchildren’: Offspring of his celebrity friends could inherit tens of millions EACH after star died without heirs
Megastar was found dead by his boyfriend following heart failure at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day. Despite the generous charitable donations he made during his life, his estate is said to be worth millions. His celebrity friends’ children, to whom he was a Godfather, are reportedly in line to inherit large sums. A friend of Michael revealed this morning that Wham! were considering a reunion show next year. Star is said to have been battling a drug addiction in the months before he was found dead by his boyfriend.
The Godchildren of George Michael are expected to inherit large sums from the singer’s will following his shock death from heart failure on Christmas Day.
The megastar was a Godparent to a number of his celebrity friends’ children, who are now thought to have been left a share of his estimated £100 million estate.
Michael, 53, was Godfather to Roman and Harley Moon Kemp, the children of Spandau Ballet bassist Martin Kemp, who yesterday told of his devastation at the death of his friend.
The Wham! star is also expected to leave money to Geri Horner’s daughter Bluebell, who was the Goddaughter of his ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss, the Daily Mirror reported.
Michael’s older sisters, Melanie and Yioda, his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and his cousin Andros’ two children, to whom he is also a Godfather, are also expected to be named in his will.
Words can not express how sad we all are, only last week I saw him laughing and happy. My heart is broken to loose someone so special.
— Shirlie Kemp (@Shirliekemp) December 26, 2016
My whole family and I are devestated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!
— Martin Kemp (@realmartinkemp) December 26, 2016
— Roman Kemp (@romankemp) December 26, 2016
The star was a long-term supporter of a number of charities – including Childline, the Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support – who could also be bequeathed large sums.
As well as a large sums from royalties, Michael is understood to have been well paid to perform at private parties and events in the decade before his death.
He is understood to own at least four properties, including the Oxfordshire cottage where he died, his mansion in London and lavish homes in New York and Sydney.
Michael introduced Wham! bandmate Shirlie Holliman to Kemp and the couple married in 1988.
Kemp posted on Twitter yesterday: ‘My whole family and I are devastated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!’
His son Roman also paid tribute to Michael, adding: ‘The man who toured the world with my mum; her best friend.
‘The man who introduced my parents; who forced my mum to call my dad. The man that took me and Harley around the world; just to see us smile. The man we all love. We love you Yog.’
Michael was hoping to enjoy a Boxing Day meal with Holliman and her family, her son told The Sun before Michael’s death.
Roman said Michael was ‘family to him’ and was someone he had ‘known his whole life’. His said his mother, Holliman, still spoke to Michael every week before his death.
A friend of Michael’s revealed this morning that George was considering a Wham! reunion.
Richard Blade, a US DJ who worked with the band, said Holliman had told him the pop band were considering getting back together for a one off gig.
He told Radio Five Live: ‘It’s such a shame that we have all been robbed of that chance to see a really, really fun pop band get back together.’
Geri Horner, formerly Halliwell, was a long term friend of Michael’s and also told of her sadness on her Instagram page yesterday.
Next to a photo of her and the star, she wrote: ‘So so sad , R.I.P George, a dear friend, the kindest, most generous & talented person . My thoughts are with his family.’
Geri is a close friend of Kenny Goss, who was described as the love of George Michael’s life. The Spice Girls, now 44, star even moved in with the two men after she left the girl band in 1998.
She described the living arrangement as a ‘Will and Grace situation’, in which she stayed for three months.
Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz found the star dead in his bed at his home in Goring on Sunday. Mr Fawaz said he would ‘never forget’ the terrible moment, adding: ‘I will never stop missing you’.
The star had lived as a virtual recluse in recent months, following years of ill-health and battles with crack cocaine addiction.
The source told The Daily Telegraph: ‘He’s been rushed to A&E on several occasions. He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.’
PR guru Gary Farrow claimed that Michael had been battling drug addiction at the time of his death, claiming that it ended his career early.
A 69-year-old neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said Michael was notably absent from the midnight mass Christmas Eve service at St Thomas of Canterbury church, the parish church opposite his home.
A neighbour at his home in north London, Sasha Gretsay, said he looked ‘tired’ and ‘haggard’ when she saw him in a restaurant earlier this year.