Wednesday, 19 September 2018

Pop singer died from overdose, says friend

GEORGE MICHAEL died from a drug overdose, according to a childhood friend.

Former music producer Andros Georgiou, who toured with the singer in the Nineties, says he had struggled with an addiction to crack cocaine and was probably using it at the time of his death.

Michael, 53, was found at Mill Cottage, off High Street, Goring, by his partner Fadi Fawaz on Christmas Day.

The cause of death has not been officially determined but his publicist says he died of heart failure.

A post mortem proved inconclusive and further tests have been ordered. It is believed these will include a toxicological examination for traces of drugs.

This week Mr Georgiou, whom Michael referred to as his “cousin” before they fell out in 1998, said he may have taken cocaine, a class A drug, along with alcohol and antidepressants.

He said the pop star had been recovering from his addictions but could have relapsed.

Speaking to BBC Radio 5 Live, Mr Georgiou said: “I believe he had suicidal thoughts because his mental health was all over the place.

“But I don't believe this was suicide… I just think he took too much of something [and] his heart just stopped beating.”

Meanwhile, police are trying to reconstruct Michael’s final days and want to speak to a number of people seen visiting his home and parking their cars nearby during the run-up to Christmas.

The singer became famous in the Eighties as one half of pop duo Wham! with Andrew Ridgeley before enjoying a successful solo career.

His death sparked an outpouring of grief and more than 1,000 floral tributes were laid outside his cottage along with balloons, records, posters, cards, T-shirts and other memorabilia.

These have now been moved to a nearby grass verge as they were blocking the pavement.

The singer, who also had a property in Highgate, secretly gave millions to charity during his lifetime. He once gave a stranger £15,000 for IVF treatment after learning of her struggle to conceive and, on another occasion, volunteered anonymously in a homeless shelter.

He kept a low profile when in Goring but was known to visit the Miller of Mansfield and the Catherine Wheel.

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