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George Michael died overweight, addicted and alone

The legendary singer-songwriter lived a life of a recluse and was reportedly battling a drug problem, according to boyfriend Fadi Fawaz

T2 Online Newsdesk 27 December 2016, 11:43 PM
George Michael always found himself in mobs, but lived the later part of his life as a recluse

George Michael always found himself in mobs, but lived the later part of his life as a recluse Image: Getty

The pop idol of our generation passed away this Christmas in his sleep. Completely alone, as his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz discovered later that morning. The legendary singer-song writer had been living the life of a recluse for several years now. And he died a recluse.

Fadi, a celebrity hairdresser, revealed that they were looking forward to celebrating Christmas together. They had been dating since 2011. “We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don't know what happened yet. Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I,” Fadi told The Daily Telegraph.

Fadi Fawaz
Fadi Fawaz (Image: Getty)

A source just revealed that the singer had been battling a drug problem, a heroin addiction, to be precise. “He's been rushed to A&E on several occasions. He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has,” said the source. Another report suggested he also had a weight issue.

Around 2014-15, Michael had apparently spent a year in the Kusnacht Practice in Switzerland after becoming addicted to crack cocaine. His spokesman had then said that he had been "spending time in Europe" on an "extended break" and not in a rehab.

Neighbours recall how much of a recluse George had become. He was rarely seen outside, unless it was to buy a packet of his favourite Rizla cigarette papers from the local newsagents. A 77-year-old neighbour, Church Warden David Beddall, said, “He came to the midnight service last year but he didn't come this year. He decorated the garden with Christmas lights so we knew he was there, but we didn't see him."

George's manager Michael Lipman cited that the cause of his death was a cardiac arrest, which is apparently common among heroin users. While Fadi didn't reveal any addiction, he did mention that things hadn't been easy with the singer. "Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was… he was a beautiful person," he said, grieving.

(Source: The Daily Telegraph)

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