It appears that while many facets of George Michael's life were sensationalised and made public, he was very privately doing good deeds.
As the world mourns the 53-year-old's death, which was reported on Christmas, people are sharing stories of the pop star's acts of kindness.
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A good deed reported by Richard Osman, a UK television presenter and producer, is being widely shared.
Mashable has reached out to the show's production company, Endemol, to ask for confirmation. But there is a BBC story from 2008 about a couple who received £9,000 ($11,057) from a mystery benefactor after one half of the couple, Steve Davies, appeared on the show to try and win money.
Another story says the same benefactor also donated £91,000 to a charity that helps AIDS orphans in Kenya.
One of the replies on the thread, from someone who claims to be a trivia buff, claims that George Michael anonymously helped a stranger with debt.
And Sali Hughes, a beauty writer for the Guardian, shared her experience of Michael's generosity.
Which leads us to...
George Michael took the time to show NHS nurses how much he appreciated their help after their care for his mother Lesley, who died of cancer in 1997.
A nurse at that gig, Sally Lyons, said, "A nervous George Michael took to the stage with a bad cold and told us he'd played in front of crowds all over the world but was anxious because he'd never performed in front of so many heroes before."
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