Nile Rodgers shares memories about working with George Michael

BERLIN - FEBRUARY 16: Singer George Michael poses at the "George Michael: A Different Story" Photocall during the 55th annual Berlinale International Film Festival on February 16, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** George Michael

The producer, writer and guitarist had been working on George Michael’s comeback documentary and new music days before the singer passed away. “On December 23rd [of 2016], I am at his house finishing up my work on the film and I leave to come back home on the 24th. Well, on Christmas Day we were supposed to speak and I get an alert on my phone that George Michael was found dead. It didn’t make any sense. It felt like one day to me that we hadn’t spoken and he was gone. It was shocking, it was alarming. After cancer I decided I wanted to chronicle my life better so I started taking more pictures on my cell phone.” Rogers said, “There is a photograph I took when I was approaching George Michael’s house on the 23rd. Before we made the last turn to go down his street, there was a funeral procession coming out of his street. At the time, I didn’t make anything of it other than photographing this tradition of the English to have a horse pull the casket. In retrospect it is spooky. I keep thinking about it. All of this impacts me artistically. I have been working on music thinking about these people as I do.” George Michael’s heart stopped on the Christmas day 201, he was found dead by his partner Fadi Fawaz. He is buried next to his mother.


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