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Elton John: George Michael was 'kindest, most generous man'

Associated Press logo Associated Press 2/7/2017 By The Associated Press
FILE - In this Sept. 6, 1997, file photo, George Michael and Elton John, right, leave Westminster Abbey following the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, in London. John paid tribute to the late Michael on his Beats 1 Radio show on Feb. 6, 2017. (Peter De Jong/Pool Photo via AP, File) © The Associated Press FILE - In this Sept. 6, 1997, file photo, George Michael and Elton John, right, leave Westminster Abbey following the funeral service for Diana, Princess of Wales, in London. John paid tribute to the late Michael on his Beats 1 Radio show on Feb. 6, 2017. (Peter De Jong/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Elton John says his late friend and fellow Brit George Michael was one of the best vocalists in the world.

John paid tribute to Michael during his Beats 1 Radio show Monday, calling him one of Britain's "most brilliant songwriters."

John and Michael famously collaborated on the 1991 version of John's classic "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me. "But John says they had been friends for years before the duet. He says he knew Michael when he was the lead singer of Wham! and played at the band's last concert at London's Wembley Stadium in 1986.

John calls Michael "the kindest, most generous man." He says he'll miss Michael's humanity most of all.

Michael died at his England home at age 53 on Christmas Day.

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