Wednesday, April 24

George Michael’s dead body found heartbreak in his bed



George Michael with partner Fadi Fawaz George Michael’s heartbroken boyfriend has said that he found the star dead in bed on Christmas Day.

The 53-year-old pop icon died at his riverside home in the Oxfordshire village of Goring-on-Thames and his partner Fadi Fawaz has revealed on Twitter he found the body.

Mr Fawaz said:”ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx [sic]”

Mr Fawaz’s has repeated “I will never stop missing you xxx” on his description on Twitter.

His revelation comes as fans continue to leave flowers and tributes outside the former Wham! frontman’s homes in Goring and Highgate.

And there has been a surge in purchases of his music. On Sunday night there were six George Michael and four Wham! albums in the iTunes top 100 chart, along with four solo and two from Wham! in the single charts.

Police said there were no suspicious circumstances around Michael’s death and his publicist, when announcing the news late on Christmas Day, said he had passed away peacefully.

Michael’s former manager Michael Lippman said he believed the singer died from heart failure.

One neighbour who met him a number of times said the star’s positivity shone through, while another fan said he spotted the singer in a restaurant earlier this year looking “quite haggard”.

Tony Fleming, 48, who lives nearby in Highgate, said Michael had tried to remain positive despite having experienced sadness and loss.

He said: “He was a very kind and very loving person and he was a very giving person. He’s had a great life but he has also had a lot of sadness and grief and loss in his own personal life.

“He was just always a happy, positive, loving person and that just shone through all the time. I just think that everyone is going to miss that so much.”

Sasha Gretsky, 38, said he had seen Michael in a local restaurant in Highgate around February or March and thought he did not look healthy.

“He didn’t look well. He looked quite haggard,” he said, adding that he looked older than his age.

Mr Gretsky said neighbours always praised Michael and said he was “really nice”.

He said: “He was never arrogant. This is quite a low key community. Although you have the celebrities, you don’t get the ‘I’m rich, I’m a celebrity’ vibe here.”

A man who just gave his name as Walter said he and his wife Avril have known Michael in the Highgate area for years.

He said Michael was a “big part of the community” and that he visited the couple’s lifestyle and interior shop in the village.

“He did a lot for the village,” he said, adding that the star was the driving force behind sorting a Christmas tree on a communal green area opposite his house.

Walter, who was out walking his dog Luna B, said Michael “loved dogs”, but said he had not seen him for a while.

“He kept himself to himself. He was a private man,” he said.

Kevin McDonagh, who lives nearby in Highgate, came to pay tribute to someone he described as a “man of the people”.

Mr McDonagh, originally from Armagh, said: “He touched a lot of people. And in some point in your life you have to demonstrate your appreciation of talent. He was troubled but it doesn’t take away from his talents.”

Outside his home in Goring, one card, signed “Tracy”, said: “Dear George, My heart is broken, you have gone too soon. Thank you for sharing your talent with the world.

“Some of my most precious and happiest memories have been watching you sing live and one of the best days of my life was being at Wembley for Wham’s final concert and again when you sang at the new Wembley.”

Leandros Kalisperas, 39, a Greek Cypriot from north London, said Michael was a “huge inspiration” and “hero” to him.