George Michael’s death is now under investigation, with local coroners determining the cause of death. Suicide, specifically by intentional drug overdose, is ‘not being ruled out’. Here’s the latest.
Updated, Sun Jan 1 8 pm PT: George Michael’s initial autopsy has been ruled ‘inconclusive,’ according to English police. More tests are needed. “The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out,” a statement read. “The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks.” Separately, George’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz claims that a string of tweets alleging suicide were from an outside hacker.
Did George Michael dramatically take his own life on Christmas Day? That is now a serious possibility, with local authorities and coroners initiating a thorough autopsy. Initially, suspicions of a drug overdose surrounded the sudden death. But now it appears that drugs may have been ‘self-administered’ in a manner that almost guaranteed an overdose.
So far, those close to the singer have listed ‘heart failure’ as the cause of death. But that suggests an overdose of sedatives, painkillers, and/or alcohol, all frequently used by George Michael for decades. Often, these extreme downers were used in combination by the singer, resulting in numerous arrests and several collapses while driving.
According to one source with a connection to George Michael’s staff, a suicide is ‘not being ruled out’. “We’re expecting an overdose [in the autopsy report],” the source relayed. Continuing, the source pointed to ‘lots and lots of self-medication’ by the singer, often ‘in high amounts,’ which leads to the strong suspicion of a suicide.
It should be noted that this is a single source, though one with determined credibility. Separately, another source to industry analyst Bob Lefsetz has also indicated that George Michael committed suicide, but these appear to be different individuals.
Our source declined to comment further, but urged us to secure an autopsy ‘whenever it’s released’. That may list ‘heart failure,’ but would also include (by law) whether drugs were found in the singer’s body at the time of death.
‘Months of Rehabilitation’…
Also emerging is that George Michael had spent month in a rehabilitation clinic in Switzerland during the latter part of this year. According to the UK-based Daily Mail, George Michael spend ‘several months‘ at the facility, spending £280,000 ($342,000) a month for exclusive, high-end treatment.
The facility, The Kusnacht Practice, does not speak to the media to protect its high-profile clientele. That makes the exact treatment and term of the stay difficult to ascertain, though the Mail reported treatment for ‘depression’. When asked why he was at the facility in Zurich, George Michael declined to offer a reason, according to the report.
The Kusnacht website is here.
Local Police: No ‘Suspicious Circumstances’
Meanwhile, local police responding to the incident reported ‘no suspicious circumstances’. But that remains a vague statement, possibly indicating that no foul play, including homicide, had occurred. Meanwhile, statements from other surrounding parties have been equally vague and terse, making it extremely difficult to determine the actual cause of death.
The broader circumstances seem suspicious: a sudden death at 53, with no previous health conditions. And, a long history of drug abuse.
Exactly when the autopsy will be released is unclear. In some jurisdictions, an autopsy can take months to be formally published. That delay could serve to fuel speculation, though the document could include shocking details. In the case of Prince, the document included details of an addiction to extremely potent painkillers, something previously unknown to the public.
Stay tuned for more details.