George Michael’s family touched by ‘outpouring of love’
George Michael’s family and friends are "touched beyond words" by the support they have received in the wake of his untimely death.
The ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker tragically passed away on Christmas Day (12.25.16) at the age of 53 but close relatives and pals of George have been amazed by the "outpouring of love" from the singer’s fans.
His publicist said in a statement: "The family and close friends of George have been touched beyond words by the incredible outpouring of love for him in the hours and days since his death.
"For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world at large, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and the numerous plays his records have received.
"Contrary to some reports, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times."
The statement comes after George’s partner Fadi Fawaz revealed he found the singer dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, South East England when he went to wake him up on Christmas morning.
Writing on Twitter, he said: "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)"
Speaking in an interview, he added: "We were supposed to be going for Christmas lunch. 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. I want people to remember him the way he was – he was a beautiful person."