Watch Adam Lambert pay emotional thanks to George Michael at charity he funded

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Adam Lambert has paid tribute to George Michael at a major charity fundraiser in Los Angeles.

The late Wham! singer had been a long time supporter of Project Angel Food, which provides meals to critically ill people.

But the global star never opened up about his generosity – choosing to donate for more than two decades without any attention.

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George Michael and boyfriend Fadi Fawaz

In 1994 the charity saw a significant increase in demand for their services

Men who had been diagnosed with HIV were turning to the charity as they struggled to keep up their spirits and look after themselves.

When popstar George Michael, who wasn’t openly gay in 1994, heard about the charity’s work and insisted on helping.

One morning, as Project Angel Food struggled to cover their bills, a letter appeared at their offices.

It contained a note thanking them for their good work and a cheque for $25,000, signed ‘George Michael’.

He went on to donate $25,000 every single year until his death, becoming the charity’s biggest ever donor.

The charity held a special gala to celebrate the singer’s life and generosity in memory of his commitment to their project.

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Adam Lambert, who has been on tour as Queen in Freddie Mercury’s spot, paid an emotional tribute at the event.

The former American Idol and Queen singer has said the late Wham! frontman was one of his musical role models.

Watch him take to the stage to perform Faith below

George Michael was named as a recipient of the Elizabeth Taylor Humanitarian Award at the gala.

Michael was a regular, private donor to the charity throughout his life.

Adam Lambert is also set to perform a moving tribute to the singer at the event.