NJ celebrities react to George Michael’s death

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George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games

Pop icon George Michael passed away Sunday at the age of 53 in his United Kingdom home. The legend, who rose to fame in the 1980s as one half of the musical duo Wham! inspired many throughout his career. Saddened by the terrible news, New Jersey celebrities took to social media to express their grief.

Red Bank native Debbie Harry shared a photo of herself with George and Beth Ditto in London in 2011.

Debbie, George Michael, Beth Ditto @marybethditto at Lovebox '11 London

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Montclair resident Bobbi Brown shared a heartfelt post, writing “I’m never going to dance again the way I danced with you.”

I'm never going to dance again the way I danced with you. Thank you #georgemichael

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Real Housewives of New Jersey star Teresa Giudice was terribly saddened by the loss of a “true legend.”

George Michael "Last Christmas" A true legend you will be missed RIP so sadden by the news.

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Englewood-born Frankie Grande took to Twitter to grieve, explaining that George Michael was a huge inspiration in his life, crediting the musician for teaching the freedom of sexuality.

However, Frankie kept it positive with some of George’s most famous lyrics.

Fort Lee’s Jonathan Cheban was also upset by the news, adding that George was one of the best.

Rest in peace, George Michael.