Hitmaker, Mariah Carey has spoken out about how the untimely death of George Michael took on her.

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Speaking to Pitchfork Mariah Carey opened up about how George Michael was a massive inspiration to her before her first album was released.

She also said that artists need a really “great support system” around them as stress is a killer. She said,

“It’s really about a great support system and working with people who understand and try to create a good environment. Hopefully, those people will also understand stress is really a killer. When we have lost some of our greatest, it’s really taken a toll on me, as someone who grew up watching them and being inspired by them.

Keep the faith

The “Hero” singer went on to say how much of an inspiration George Michael was during her early years saying that the Faith album was her first ever album.

You mentioned George Michael. I remember before my first album, even in high school, the Faith album, I looked at that and said, ‘I want to make an album that crosses all these genres.’ We had a lot of things in common in terms of record company political stuff.

They discussed their problems over dinner

“I remember this one dinner that we had. We were both talking about really difficult stuff that we’d been through. And when he passed away on that Christmas, I couldn’t believe it because I thought he would be able to be OK.”

How did George Michael die?

George Michael passed away on Christmas Day 2016. His death shook the world and left millions of fans worldwide reeling from the news. Investigators said that his death was ‘unexplained but not suspicious’. The star died at the age of 53. He was found in his Oxfordshire home by his partner, Fadi Fawaz on Christmas morning. He was found lying, “peacefully in bed”

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The news of the star’s death wasn’t announced to the press until late Christmas evening.

The superstar’s autopsy was inconclusive and more tests were ordered to determine the cause of his death. There were many reports that drug usage was to blame for the untimely passing, including his cousin who erroneously claimed, on the Victoria Derbyshire show on BBC,  that an accidental drugs overdose caused George’s death.

In March, the cause of George’s death was revealed following more conclusive testing, the corner returned a death by natural causes verdict.