George Michael quietly battled heroin addiction before death
George Michael had been quietly battling a spiraling heroin addiction in the year before his death, according to a British media report.
The Daily Telegraph reported that Michael’s condition forced him into the ER — or the “accident and emergency room” as the Brits call it — multiple times.
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“He’s been rushed to A&E on several occasions,” an anonymous source told the British newspaper. “He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.”
Michael’s long-time boyfriend, celebrity hairdresser Fadi Fawaz, said he found Michael’s lifeless body in bed on Sunday morning inside the singer’s Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire home.
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“We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch,” Fawaz told The Telegraph. “I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don’t know what happened yet.”
Fawaz hinted that their relationship had been strained in recent times but they were looking forward to a pleasant holiday Sunday.
“Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I,” he said.
“Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was — he was a beautiful person.”
Michael’s manager has only said the pop icon died of “heart failure.”
Authorities have not officially declared Michael’s cause of death, but have said it wasn’t suspicious or the result of foul play.
Michael had long battled insatiable desires for drugs and sex – but those demons had never stopped his music.
“In a strange way I’ve spent the last 15 or 20 years trying to derail my own career because it never seems to suffer. I suffered terrible things – bereavements and public humiliations,” Michael told BBC radio back in 2007.
“But my career just seems to right itself like a plastic duck in a bath and, in some ways, I resent that.”
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