Back on 17 October 2012, Michael was in great form as he belted out his greatest hits to an adoring audience at a packed London’s Earls Court.
The cheering crowd yelled for more as the polished performance came to an end, with Michael telling them: “Thank you London, I love you. See you soon.”
Yet despite the singer’s plans, the show would ultimately be the legendary performer’s last live gig.
“You have made the last night perfect,” saluted Michael, after the Earl’s Court show.
“It has truly been a privilege to play with these musicians for the last year and we want to say a big thank you to you all.
“London, I love you so much. Sorry for making you wait to hear that; I hope it’s been worth the wait. Take care of yourselves.”
When he spoke, Michael was scheduled to take his 75 date Sympohinca tour to Australia following packed-out concerts in Europe and London.
But those proposed gigs were cancelled and the former Wham! frontman, who sold more than 80 million records worldwide, went on to struggle badly with his health in the years leading up to his death.
Michael suffered from a series of medical problems throughout his life and, in 2011, he was put into a temporary coma having contracted pneumonia.
He underwent an emergency tracheotomy operation to help him breath, with the serious concern that he not be able to ever sing again.
Then in May 2014 the singer suffered a “mystery collapse” at his home
Michael died peacefully at his home in Goring-on Thames, Oxfordshire just before 2pm on Christmas Day.
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