Generous star donated £15,000 for couple's IVF, says producer
A couple who spent years clueless about the mystery benefactor who helped fund their fertility treatment have thanked George Michael after it was claimed he anonymously stumped up the funds.
Confirmation of the pop superstar's death on Christmas Day was met with tales of the 'Last Christmas' singer's benevolence and charity work.
His generosity was often matched only by his desire to keep his identity secret, something 'Pointless' presenter and former 'Deal Or No Deal' executive producer Richard Osman alluded to when he regaled one such demonstration of Michael's goodwill.
Within hours of Michael's death from suspected heart failure, Mr Osman told his Twitter followers: "A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k (€17.6k)."
It was later claimed that Lynette Gillard (38), from Bolton, was the recipient of the cash when her partner Steve Davies went on the show in 2008 but did not win enough to fund the treatment outright.
"For many years I wondered who would have been so generous and now I know. What more can I say other than thank you, George," she said.
Speaking at the time, Ms Gillard told the 'Manchester Evening News': "I was absolutely gobsmacked. I couldn't believe it. I had to sit down and get a glass of water. I was so emotional. I couldn't believe that a stranger would do that for us."
Mr Davies said: "Thank you is not enough. It restores your faith in humankind.
"All the bad news you read about and then something like this happens."