George Michael‘s childhood friend, Andros Georgiou, is speaking out for the first time about apparently growing rift between Michael’s family and his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and the questions the family has surrounding the singer’s untimely death.
Shortly after his shocking death, Fawaz claimed that he had discovered Michael dead in his bed on Christmas morning in the singer’s Oxfordshire, England, home. He was 53. At the time of his death, Michael’s U.S. rep told PEOPLE he died of heart failure, but police said earlier this month that his autopsy results were “inconclusive,” adding “further tests will now be carried out” but “Mr. Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”
Georgiou, who fell out with Michael shortly after his 1998 arrest for “lewd behavior” in a Beverly Hills park. disputes Fawaz’s claim that he and Michael were “together 24 hours a day” and questions his story about finding him in his bed on Christmas Day.
“They never lived together,” Georgiou wrote on Facebook Sunday. “[Fadi] lived at one of Yogs’ [a family nickname for George] in Regent Park. And even if they were, WHY were they not together on Christmas Eve? and WHY did he sleep in the car?
“Too many questions have come up,” he continued.
“Every day I get more angry at the lies I am reading. I pray that this nobody doesn’t earn a penny from Yog’s death — any money he is offered for his so-called story should go straight to one of Yog’s charities which now you all know how many,” Georgiou said. “He never took any credit — he was in every word the peoples’ hero apart, from being the one of biggest talents this country has ever produced. A true gentleman that lost his way. If only there were not so many YES people around him, he would be alive today.
“One thing is for sure this was not an act of suicide,” Georgiou continued. “If I was around this would never [have] happened and I have to live with that the rest of my life… I have to pray that the police come to the conclusion I have and justice will be served.”
Early in January, a series of tweets from Fawaz’s account claimed that, “the only thing George wanted is to DIE, he tried numbers [sic] of times to kill himself many times … and finally he managed.”
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Fawaz later denied having sent the tweets, claiming his Twitter account had been hacked. Days after that, Michael’s family issued a joint statement removing themselves from speculation around the cause of the singer’s death.
“In the week since his tragic death there has been much comment and speculation concerning George and the circumstances surrounding his death,” the family said in a statement to BuzzFeed News. “There will inevitably be more in the future. The family remain devastated by his passing and have no wish to comment in relation to any such speculation, whether current or in the future.”