How philanthropic superstar George Michael funded St Albans musical
- Credit: PA
Pop superstar George Michael, who died on Christmas Day, was brought up in Radlett during his formative years and retained some links with the area after finding fame.
George, whose real name was Panayiotou, moved to the village from Finchley with his parents and two sisters, Melanie and Yioda.
He went on to attend Bushey Meads School where he met Andrew Ridgeley with whom he formed Wham! in 1981.
Fame took him away from Radlett but he is understood to have secretly funded a performance in St Albans some years after he left of Quilt: A Musical Celebration, which was on the subject of AIDS.
Such philanthropic acts have come to light since his death at the age of 53, thought to have been from a heart attack.
You may also want to watch:
In 2013 he was taken to hospital after an accident on the M1 motorway near St Albans in which he suffered a head injury and was flown by air ambulance to a London hospital for a treatment. He was believed to have fallen from the passenger seat of a moving car which trying to close the door properly but he made a full recovery from his injuries.
- 1 Revealed: Hertfordshire's most expensive villages
- 2 Farewell Paddington! Time for St Albans stalwart to say his goodbyes
- 3 Traffic chaos caused by Redbourn Road works
- 4 St Albans mum tells son's story in new book
- 5 Shortages crisis hits district
- 6 Phantoms of the railway - the ghost lines of Welwyn and Harpenden
- 7 Area Guide: The quaint Hertfordshire village of Piccotts End
- 8 Harpenden Food and Drink Festival returns after six years
- 9 Property Spotlight: A £2m family home on one of Harpenden's most desirable roads
- 10 Picture special: Pub in the Park returns to St Albans