Report: Musician George Michael Using Heroin Before Death
Author’s Note: This information is derived from a report by The Daily Telegraph, which cited an anonymous source. I cannot personally confirm it as fact, only that its origins appear credible.
The Daily Telegraph recently reported that artist George Michael was a covert heroin user up until his death. An anonymous source stated: “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.”
Prior to this, it has been reported that Michael died on Christmas Day from heart failure. His partner of 5 years, Fadi Fawaz, found him in his bed passed away. The pair were scheduled attend a Christmas lunch that afternoon.
Fawaz told The Telegraph:
“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 is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was — he was a beautiful person.”
According to Michael’s manager, Michael Lipman, cardiac arrest is common for heroin users. Heroin is considered a Class A drug in the United Kingdom. The truth is, respiratory arrest is more common, but using heroin has been associated with infections in the lining and valves of the heart, and can interfere with normal functioning.
Michael had apparently suffered from many other side effects that are associated with heroin use – abscesses, infected heart valves, blood infections, constipation, and pneumonia.
Of note, Michael’s publicist has released a statement saying there is no truth to rumors surrounding his death, and that his family and closes friends have been “touched beyond words” by the outpouring of support:
“There could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received.”
“From the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times.”
~ G. Nathalee Serrels, M.A., Psychology