Ed Sheeran suffocates as he performs live at the memorial of his late friend Michael Gudinski

Ed Sheeran broke down in tears during his emotional performance in the service of the memory of his late friend Michael Gudinski.

Michael died in his sleep on March 2 at the age of 68 in Melbourne.

The top singer flew Down Under especially for a special memorial where he joined stars including Kylie Minogue.

Emotional Ed was suffocated on stage in stellar Melbourne, which was held on Wednesday for his musician friend.

He told the audience, “I’ve never been so nervous, I’m really nervous. I apologize if I mess up verses or something.”

Between songs, Ed paid tribute to his late friend and music icon Michael, whom he described as a “tornado of joy”.



Ed Sheeran suffocates as he performs live at the memorial of his late friend Michael Gudinski

He continued: “It’s so hard to explain how much Michael meant to me and all of us who knew him …

“Michael was a tornado of joy. You would know that he arrived at the building just hearing his chaotic bark and you could feel the room getting excited about the arrival of his presence …

“We were, first and foremost, friends. He was my father and mentor.”



Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran
The top singer flew Down Under especially for a special memorial where he joined stars including Kylie Minogue

The singer conveyed his new song Visiting Hours to a term of more than 7,000 people.

His song was born from his two-week quarantine in Byron Bay, where he stayed ahead of the ceremony.

He added: “So I’m extremely, extremely grateful to be here. I know it’s a hard thing to get into this country and I don’t take it for granted for all the hard work that brings me here and really, really just appreciated the opportunity to get here.



Kylie Minogue and Ed Sheeran
They performed together

“I locked my guitar in quarantine. I always find the best way to handle things by writing songs, whether it’s good news, bad news, and here’s a song I finished last week.”

Michael went down in history by launching the career of some of the world’s biggest names in music.

At the age of 20, the music icon founded Mushroom in 1972 which has grown into Australia’s largest independent entertainment group.

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