George Michael's Partner Says He Found Singer's Body: "We Don't Know What Happened Yet"
Fadi Fawaz says he discovered Michael dead at home when the pair were supposed to meet for Christmas lunch.
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, told The Hollywood Reporter. He was 53.
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
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."
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 former longtime partner Kenny Goss, who was with the singer for years before they announced their separation in 2011, said in a statement that he was "heartbroken."
"I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and long time love George Michael has passed," said Goss in the statement. "He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man. The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him."
Michael’s death falls as he was planning a comeback next year with a new album and documentary.
The documentary, which has a working title of Freedom: George Michael, is being produced by Sony Music Entertainment and had been planned to air on Showtime and Channel 4 in the U.K. According to a release, the documentary about the star features interviews with the likes of Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Liam Gallagher and James Corden, as well as the five supermodels from of Michael's "Freedom! '90" music video.
According to a final post on Michael's official Instagram page, published seven weeks ago, the documentary was set to air in March, coinciding with the rerelease of the singer's second studio album, Listen Without Prejudice, which came out in 1990.
Funeral plans are expected to be announced shortly.