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George Michael Tributed as 'Genius' and 'Class Act' by Eli Stone Creators

Eli Stone creators Greg Berlanti and Marc Guggenheim each remembered George Michael and his contributions to the ABC series, shortly after news broke that the pop icon had passed away on Sunday morning at age 53.

Starring Jonny Lee Miller as a San Francisco lawyer, Eli Stone ran for two short seasons (starting in January 2008) and often named episodes after Michael’s songs, as well as used his music as an “internal soundtrack” for the hallucination-prone title character.

“I’ve only witnessed true genius a few times in my life,” Berlanti shared on Twitter late Sunday. “One of those was watching George Michael lay down ‘Feeling Good'” for Eli Stone‘s 13th episode, “Soul Free,” in which the singer, appearing as a God-like figure, led what was eventually a group performance of the aforementioned tune (seen in the video below).

“He was an incredible talent and even more a sweet, kind man to all lucky enough to work with or spend time around him,” Berlanti added. “May he rest in peace.”

Guggenheim meanwhile hailed Michael as a “class act,” noting that his second daughter was born the night Michael taped one of his four appearances on the series.