Andrew Ridgeley still has "a number of questions" about George Michael’s death
7 October 2019, 14:12
Wham! star has said circumstances surrounding his former bandmate's death "feel uncomfortable".
Andrew Ridgeley has opened up about how he feels over the death of his former Wham! bandmate and close friend George Michael.
George Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day 2016, at his home in Oxfordshire. The coroner ruled that his death was due to a heart condition, and not suspicious.
However, in his new autobiography, George and Me, Andrew wrote: “He seemed to be in good health and there are conflicting reports surrounding that night that preceded his passing.
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“That the circumstances of his death seemed unclear only compounded the distress. Without any real closure the grieving seemed terribly raw.
“A heart condition was eventually recorded as the cause of death, but there are still a number of questions.
"It now seems as if we may never know what really happened.”
Ridgeley added: “We don’t like our lives being monitored, so when someone dies alone, perhaps there are always answers that remain out of reach.
“It still feels uncomfortable though. God knows what it must be like for George’s family.”
After news of George Michael's death broke, his partner Fadi Fawaz said he found the singer dead when he arrived to wake him before a planned Christmas Day lunch.
"I never saw him. I fell asleep in my car and I never saw him that night," Fawaz told the Mirror at the time. "The police know everything - that's the most important thing."
In July, hairdresser Fawaz, who had been squatting at Michael’s house ever since his death, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated criminal damage, after he allegedly broke windows at the mansion.
Andrew Ridgeley's memoir Wham! George and Me is out now.