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George Michael's Secret Philanthropy Revealed

| by John Freund
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George Michael’s secret good deeds are emerging in the wake of his sudden death. 

Us Weekly says that Michael, who reportedly died of a heart attack at his home on Christmas Day at the age of 53, has been doing good deeds for people in secret for years.  

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According to TV personality Richard Osman, Michael once helped a woman who appeared on "Deal Or No Deal" by sending her money she needed for IVF treatment.  

"A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed [$18,000] for IVF treatment," Osman tweeted on Dec. 26. "George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the [money]."

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Michael also famously participated in the Band Aid single “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” which helped raise over $24 million for relief in Ethiopia.  He also gave millions to Childline, a 24-hour counseling service for young people, as well as the Terrence Higgins Trust, which helps fight HIV in the U.K. Michael was gay, and lost his former partner to AIDS in 1993. 

"George also often thought of us to kindly donate experiences and gifts that were used to raise vital funds to help us support people living with HIV," Jane Barron of the Terrence Higgins Trust said in a statement, according to The Telegraph. "His donations contributed to a vision of a world where people living with HIV live healthy lives free from prejudice and discrimination. Thanks to George's legacy, we are a step closer to that world and we are so grateful for his support and friendship over the years."

Michael also reportedly played a free concert for nurses who took care of his mother during her battle with cancer.  Michael’s mother died in 1997 at the age of 60. 

One of the nurses, Susan Steadman, said: "He made all of us feel special. People do say thank you, but for George to say it publicly feels good."

Another nurse, Ranjani Kendrick, added: "I had the time of my life. It was such a vibrant atmosphere. I thank George Michael for making us feel appreciated."

And Mirror reports that Michael once gave a stranger [$30,000] in a U.K. restaurant after learning she was in debt.  He reportedly told the waitress to hand the lady a check after he left, so he could give anonymously. Michael also anonymously volunteered at a homeless shelter, asking other volunteers to keep his presence there a secret.

Sources: Us Weekly, Mirror / Photo credit: Mirror