Millions around the world have seen or heard Sir Elton John’s lovely tribute to Princess Diana when he sang an amended version of “Candle In The Wind” at her 1997 funeral. Unfortunately the famous pianist and singer will have the burden of sending off another one of his friends, as he will reportedly be performing at the funeral of George Michael, who passed away at the young age of 53 on Christmas Day earlier this week.
According to the British publication The Daily Star, John will be playing “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me,” which both artists sung together back in 1991, and would go on to become a huge duet-style hit, topping the charts in both the U.S. and the U.K.
The 69-year old performer posted a moving image in remembrance of his late friend on his Facebook on Sunday when the news of Michael’s sudden passing swept across the Internet around mid-day.
"I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend - the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all his friends," John said in the post along with what looks to be a pretty recent photo of the two together.
There most likely will not be a dry eye in the room when John performs one of his most well-known hits without his partner in crime. He reportedly broke down following a performance of the song last night in Las Vegas, where John is currently headquartered as part of his residency at The Colosseum at Caesars Palace.
According to one fan who was in attendance, after he sang for George, he turned his back on the audience and was shaking and looked like he was crying, and most fans in the audience had tears in their eyes.
"I only wish George was here to sing it with me," John said.
A date and location for Michael's’ funeral have not been publicly announced yet as of Thursday.
John's emotional performance at the funeral of Princess Diana can be watched in the video below.