As Christmas spirit flowed on December 25, 2016, there was a distinct lump of coal in learning of the death of George Michael.
One year on, his family have posted a remembrance message for fans.
Obviously the loss hasn’t been easy for them.
“This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog, not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘December Song’ streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he’s no longer here with us, missing him.
This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss, and that the sadness of our wider family, and true friends, is shared by many of you.”
Still, they take time to thank fans for getting George to number one again.
“We want to thank you firstly for making Listen Without Predjudice Number One again, we were happy, and sad all at the same time… He’d have absolutely LOVED it!! Can’t you just see that beaming smile and hear him say ‘Thank you my Lovelies’?”
They call for fans to raise a glass in remembrance of George (aka Yog).
“Yog, who loved Christmas, and always hoped it would snow… would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends.”
— GeorgeMichael.com (@GeorgeMOfficial) December 22, 2017
You can read the full message at at georgemichael.com.