Two days after George Michael’s death, the pop star’s boyfriend has revealed that he discovered the body early Christmas morning and that Michael died alone in his Oxfordshire home.
Fadi Fawaz, a celebrity hairdresser who has been in a relationship with Michael for five years, told the Daily Telegraph that he had holiday plans with the former Wham! singer.
“We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch,” he said. “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 had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.”
“Now everything is ruined,” he added. “I want people to remember him the way he was – he was a beautiful person.”
Fawaz also tweeted about Michael’s death.
ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning.. I will never stop missing you xx
— Fadi Fawaz (@fadifawaz) December 26, 2016
Since Michael’s death, reports have also emerged about his philanthropy and work with various charities.
There are lots of stories about #GeorgeMichael 's legendary generosity emerging today. When I swam the channel he gave @sportrelief £50,000.
— David Walliams HQ (@davidwalliams) December 26, 2016
Every Easter at Capital when I was on air with chris Tarrant for help a london child George would call in at 3.30pm with a £100.000 donation
— Mick Brown (@djmickbrown) December 25, 2016
A woman on 'Deal Or No Deal' told us she needed £15k for IVF treatment. George Michael secretly phoned the next day and gave her the £15k.
— Richard Osman (@richardosman) December 26, 2016
Esther Rantzen, the founder of children’s charity Childline, said Michael has secretly given millions of pounds to her organization.
“For years now he has been the most extraordinarily generous philanthropist, giving money to Childline, but he was determined not to make his generosity public, so no one outside the charity knew how much he gave to the nation’s most vulnerable children,” she told the Press Association. “Over the years he gave us millions.”
According to Michael’s manager, Michael Lipman, the singer died from heart failure. He was 53.