George Michael’s Australian boyfriend said it was a Christmas he will never forget after revealing he was the one to find the singer’s lifeless body in bed.
The British pop singer – who shot to fame in the 1980s – died of heart failure at his home on Sunday, according to former manager Michael Lippman.
Since his passing, people have spoken out about Michael’s behind-the-scenes donations to various charities and people in need.
Queensland-born hair stylist Fadi Fawaz broke his silence on Twitter in an emotional message that said he will “never stop missing” his partner.
“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 (sic),” Fawaz tweeted.
Fawaz and Michael were together for four years, although their relationship had always been kept private.
They had visited Australia together in 2012.
The pop star’s ex-boyfriend Kenny Goss has also paid tribute to his ex-partner, tweeting: “He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much”.
George Michael (right) with his then-boyfriend, Queensland-born Fadi Fawaz, in Sydney in 2012.
Shortly after his death, multiple people had tweeted about Michael’s secret charity work.
TV presenter Richard Osman said: “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.”
It has also been reported that the star given a barmaid a $8,500 tip after learning she was a student nurse with debts.
British charities have also said the pop star secretly donated millions of dollars to Childline, Terrence Higgins Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.
British charities have also said the singer secretly donated millions of dollars to multiple charities.
Michael – real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – was also remembered for small acts of kindness: helping his village in north London get a Christmas tree and volunteering at a homeless shelter.
In a statement, the star’s publicist said: “It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period”.
“The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
There has also been an outpouring of grief from fans, friends, and colleagues saddened by his sudden passing.
Sir Elton John wrote: “I am in deep shock. I have lost a beloved friend – the kindest, most generous soul and a brilliant artist. My heart goes out to his family and all of his fans. @GeorgeMichael #RIP (sic)”
Whilst George’s Wham! bandmate Andrew Ridgeley added: “Heartbroken at the loss of my beloved friend Yog. Me, his loved ones, his friends, the world of music, the world at large. 4ever loved. A xx (sic)”
Michael was due to release a documentary film in 2017 and his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol 1 had been set to be reissued accompanied, Mail Online reported.