George Michael's partner says he found singer's body: 'We don't know what happened yet'

Jackie Strause


George Michael, who died of heart failure and was found in his home Christmas Day, passed away "peacefully" and alone, according to his partner Fadi Fawaz.

Fawaz took to Twitter on Monday to say it's a Christmas he will never forget after "finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning." Adding, "I will never stop missing you."

The death of the English singer, songwriter and record producer, who rose to fame with the group Wham! in the 1980s, was unexpected but there was "no foul play whatsoever," Michael's longtime manager, Michael Lippman, toldThe Hollywood Reporter. He was 53.

Fawaz, a hair stylist who had been romantically linked to Michael since 2011, told Britain's Daily Telegraph that he had planned to meet the "Faith" singer for Christmas lunch.

"I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed," he said. "We don't know what happened yet."

He added that the pop star had been looking forward to the holiday.

"Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I," he told the newspaper. "Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was. He was a beautiful person."

The Thames Valley Police called Michael's death "unexplained but not suspicious."

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Since his death, many in Hollywood have taken to social media to mourn the untimely loss of another music legend gone too soon. Stories of his secret generosity continue to surface and fans have taken to paying their final respects outside his London home.

Michael's death falls as he was planning a comeback next year with a new album and documentary.

Titled Freedom andproduced by Sony Music Entertainment UK, the documentary about the star features interviews with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liam Gallagher and James Corden and had been picked up by Showtime for broadcast in 2017. According to the final post on Michael's official Instagram page, published seven weeks ago, Freedom is due to air in March, coinciding with the reissue of the singer's second studio album, Listen Without Prejudice, which came out in 1990.

Funeral plans are expected to be announced shortly.

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