George Michael’s Friend Blames Drugs For Singer’s Death

By Kelly Burch 01/19/17

The iconic singer passed away due to heart failure on Christmas Day.

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A childhood friend of George Michael believes that the singer’s death was caused by drugs, according to a recent interview with the BBC. “Hard drugs had been back in his life,” said Andros Georgiou, who grew up with Michael and referred to the singer as his cousin. 

Michael was found dead in his bed on Christmas Day. He was 53 years old. His manager said he had died from heart failure, and an autopsy was inconclusive about the presence of drugs. Georgiou, however, noted that crack cocaine was one of Michael’s favorite drugs and said he believes the singer accidentally overdosed. "I just think he took too much of something, mixed with antidepressants and other drugs he was on - with alcohol. I think his heart just stopped beating,” Georgiou said. 

Although Michael struggled with mental health issues, Georgiou does not believe the singer meant to end his life. "I believe he had suicidal thoughts, because his mental health was all over the place. But I don't believe this was suicide,” he said. 

Georgiou, an ex-music producer, said he wants to "get to the truth of what happened." Other sources in the British media have claimed that Michael was battling drug addiction—in particular, heroin. “He used heroin,” an anonymous source told Page Six. “I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.”

But George Michael’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, who found his body, denied that the singer was using illegal drugs. Georgiou also said that he can’t imagine Michael using heroin. Those reports are “absolute rubbish,” he said. "I know that was the one drug he never touched.”

During his lifetime, George Michael was open about his use of drugs and sometimes self-destructive behaviors. “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,” he told BBC radio in 2007. “But my career just seems to right itself like a plastic duck in a bath and, in some ways, I resent that.”

He addressed his drug use after a 2010 car crash that led to him serving four months in jail for intoxicated driving. “I realized it had to be something to do with me. It shook me out of my denial,” he said at the time, according to People magazine. “After that crash happened, I started drug counseling and was two weeks in detox, none of which I made public. It feels so completely behind me now. It really does.”

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Kelly Burch writes about addiction and mental health issues, particularly as they affect families. Follow her on TwitterFacebook, and LinkedIn.