Tales of George Michael's Philanthropy in the Wake of his Death

Former Deal or No Deal producer Richard Osman told how one contestant's partner had said she needed £15,000 for for IVF treatment. She was Lynette Gillard, 38, from Bolton, whose partner Steve Davies had appeared on the show in 2008. The next day Micheal phoned in to donate the money.

Other stories of Michael's benevolence includes a £50,000 Sport Relief donation. He had supported his 2006 cross-Channel swim to the tune of £50,000.

Michael's donations ranged in scope from major charities and appeals to individual acts of kindness.

The proceeds from sales of Don't Let the Sun Go Down On Me, his 1991 live duet with Sir Elton John, were donated to HIV and children's charities, including the Terence Higgins Trust.

Wham! royalties from Last Christmas went to Ethiopian famine relief efforts, He had also donated proceeds from the song Jesus to a Child to the cause.

Children's charities were also at the fore when he donated each year to Capital Radio's appeal. The latest he donated was £100,000.

He also suffered the loss of his mother to cancer in 1997 and in 2006 played a special, free concert at the Roundhouse in Camden, north London, for NHS nurses to thank them for their care.

And he gave his time to Macmillan Cancer Support as one of their ambassadors.

Alongside major charities, individuals on Twitter shared their accounts of his kindness.

He had also once tipped a barmaid £5000 because she was a student nurse in debt.