I can't outdo this tribute to a legend the world will miss...
As someone (it was too fast for me to catch who, maybe Little Richard and I'm also paraphrasing...) said earlier today.
"You just knew that the Godfather wouldn't go out on just any day. You knew he'd pick the biggest day of the year to make his exit..."
Rest in peace. We will miss you, but from now on, every Christmas we will happily break out the funk. A new tradition was born today!
Just like you planned.