The Observer got so much traffic the server almost crashed.
Singer George Michael Succumbs to HIV/AIDS - Santa Monica Observer https://t.co/FTSL9H5Bmn pic.twitter.com/YXgbZcsVh9— SM ObserverNewspaper (@SMObserved) December 25, 2016
Leftists were upset that people were even mentioning AIDS:
If you want to keep faith this Christmas, do not search 'George Michael AIDS' on Twitter. Outrageous claims/comments/judgements circulating.— Leon Ward (@LeonjWard) December 25, 2016
Check out my mentions if you want to see how despicable people can be.— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) December 26, 2016
I blocked 200+ trolls, and I deleted the tweet that was energising them (life’s too short). Humanity is disappointing today.— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) December 26, 2016
If you speculate that #GeorgeMichael died of #HIV, you’re basing that on your own biases, not facts. You’re a garbage person.— Paul Kidd (@paulkidd) December 26, 2016
There was one other rather honest piece about Michael's death, from Alison Boshoff, at Daily Mail, "ALISON BOSHOFF: How sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll took their toll on troubled genius George Michael":
Michael, who wrote and performed pop classics including Careless Whisper, Praying For Time and Faith, said himself that he suffered from two afflictions –'grief and self-abuse'.Yet Michael had no apologies for his lifestyle. Life fast, die young:
He would smoke enormous amounts of marijuana – up to 25 joints a day at some points in his career.
He also struggled with depression, following the death of his lover Anselmo Feleppa from an HIV-related illness in 1993, and his mother, of cancer, in 1997.
His drug use included a dependency on sleeping pills and a dabble with designer drug GHB. In 2008, Michael was caught smoking crack cocaine in a public toilet.
He was in the habit of cruising for sex with strangers – an activity he declared he had started in his teens. He told friend Piers Morgan that he had up to 500 sexual partners in seven years – which works out, staggeringly, at one every five days.
I HAVE NEVER AND WILL NEVER APOLOGISE FOR MY SEX LIFE ! GAY SEX IS NATURAL, GAY SEX IS GOOD! NOT EVERYBODY DOES IT, BUT.....HA HA!— George Michael (@GeorgeMichael) May 13, 2011