As the world continues to mourn the loss of George Michael following the news of his death on Christmas Day, Vanderpump Rules' James Kennedy has remembered his late godfather with a touching tribute on Instagram.
The DJ posted a photo of himself as a child holding a Barney stuffed animal with the late pop singer during one holiday season many years ago. "Rest In Peace George," James captioned the photo. "I'm heartbroken we never got to speak again after so many years, I can't believe this has happened, please watch over me in heaven Godfather. Enjoy paradise I love you."
James revealed last season of Vanderpump Rules that the iconic British singer grew up with and worked with his father, Andros Georgiou, who affectionately referred to George as "Yog." George was a big part of James' family when the DJ was growing up, but unfortunately, the late pop star and Andros had a falling out and hadn't been on speaking terms for years. James continued to pay tribute to George by posting a photo of him and Andros during their younger years on Instagram.
James thanked his social media followers for their kind words of love and support during this difficult time. "Thank you for all your messages and love 'God takes angels when he needs them,'" he tweeted on Monday. "I have my faith and wishing everyone a a better year. Cheers."
George was found dead in his home in Goring in Oxfordshire, England on Christmas Day. His manager, Michael Lippman, told the BBC that he had died of heart failure. George was 53.
George's family announced the news of his passing in a statement to the BBC via his publicist. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period," the statement said. "The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage."
In addition to James, tributes continue to pour in from George's famous friends and fans since the news of his passing was announced.