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George Michael’s Family: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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George Michael in 2010. (Getty)

The 1980s pop icon George Michael, who died of heart failure at the age of 53, left behind a partner – and that partner found his body.

Did George Michael leave behind a family? Did he have children or a husband? Michael was not married when he died, and he did not have any children. However, he was dating Fadi Fawaz, who tweeted that he found Michael’s body.

“At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious,” police said of the death, although Michael’s publicist said Michael dead of heart failure peacefully at home. Police “were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2 p.m. on Sunday and confirmed the death of a 53-year-old man at the scene,” said CNN.

That person was Michael.

Here’s what you need to know:


1. George Michael Had Several Recent Lengthy Relationships

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Singer George Michael (left) and Kenny Goss arrive at the VIP preview screening of “A Different Story”, a documentary based on George Michael’s life, at the Curzon Mayfair on December 5, 2005 in London, England. (Getty)

George Michael was not married when he died, and he had many relationships. He was most recently spotted in 2015 walking in Switzerland with Fadi Fawaz, a man identified as his boyfriend at the time.

They were photographed holding hands and, around the same time, Michael denied he was addicted to crack cocaine. In addition to tweeting that he found the body and identifying himself as Michael’s partner, Fawaz changed his Twitter profile picture to one of himself with Michael.

Michael had other serious relationships; one of his most significant was with the Texas-born businessman Kenny Goss. In 2011, “Michael announced onstage that his relationship with his long-term partner, Kenny Goss, had ended,” said USA Today. Their relationship lasted 13 years. The Sun reported that Michael and Goss were in contact again recently and that Michael had spiraled downward after the break up. Before they split, Michael and Goss, an art dealer, were considering getting married in a civil partnership ceremony.

Michael revealed he was gay in a 1998 CNN interview, saying, “I want to say that I have no problem with people knowing that I’m in a relationship with a man right now. I have not been in a relationship with a woman for almost 10 years.”

In his early years, Michael did have relationships with women, including a makeup artist.

In 1998, Michael was arrested in Los Angeles “for soliciting sex in a public toilet.”

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2. Michael Was Born to a Greek Immigrant & English Dancer

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George Michael arrives by private jet at Perth’s private jet base ahead of his national tour, which begins in Perth tomorrow night, on February 19, 2010 in Perth, Australia. (Getty)

According to Biography.com, George Michael “was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou on June 25, 1963, in East Finchley, London, England.”

His father was a Greek immigrant, and his mother was an English dancer. In 2011, when he was stricken with pneumonia, members of Michael’s family held a bedside vigil.

The Telegraph wrote, “He had been joined by his 75-year-old father Kyriacos Panayiotou, who is known as Jack Panos, as well as sisters Melanie, 49 and Yioda, 53.” Goss and Fawaz were at his side, said the Telegraph. Michael’s mother died in 1997.

Growing up, Michael had conflict with his father, which he said he channeled into his career.

Michael’s family called him “Yog,” which is a nickname derived from his Greek name.

Michael referenced his mother when he discussed the difficulties in coming out to People Magazine, saying, “Because it’s about family. In the years when HIV was a killer, any parent of an openly gay person was terrified. I knew my mother well enough that she would spend everyday praying that I didn’t come across that virus. She’d have worried like that.”

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3. Michael’s Boyfriend Died of AIDS

The Sun says Michael’s childhood friend Andros Georgiou “was one of the first to be told he was gay” and “watched as George, who he calls Yog, fell for Brazilian Anselmo Feleppa.”

The Sun ran a serial in which Georgiou described how Michael told him Feleppa had AIDs before Feleppa died, “Yog looked at me, breaking down, crying hysterically. I jumped up and hugged him. He told me: ‘Anselmo has got Aids.’ He didn’t know what to do. How could the love of his life just die?”

He said that Michael told him that he did not have AIDs, however. George Michael wrote a tribute to Feleppa called “Jesus to a Child.” Many believe that Feleppa was George Michael’s greatest love.

The death of Feleppa and his mother plunged Michael into a depression. He told the Independent, “I struggled with huge depression after my mother died. Losing your mother and your lover in the space of three years is a tough one.”

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4. George Michael Did Not Have Children

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Although George Michael did not have children, he did have a godson named James Kennedy. Kennedy’s father and George’s father grew up together in the same village in Greece.

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5. Michael’s Family Has Asked for Privacy

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According to the Mirror, Michael’s publicist Michael Lippman, released a statement on behalf of Michael’s family that read: “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 statement continued: “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.” According to the Mirror, Michael was found “in bed, lying peacefully,” dead from heart failure.

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57 comments

  1. I don’t like this singer. I’m fan of Taylor Swift. She is very good when I met her in RSA job erg I tried to take a snapshot but no luck

    • You can’t speak about George Michael in this matter heir we are 2 say RIP the talented singers his private life is his matter not yours.respect for his family and friend s .

    • Who cares how he died. Although I would love to know where your insight comes from. The fact is that whilst many loved his music and he represents for many special time in their life. He was a son, a father must bury his child. He was a brother, an uncle, friend, cousin, godfather. Think how you would feel when someone you love dies. I weep for the pain his family is enduring. Every Christmas will signify the memorial of his death.

    • Wow – are you the coroner? He died of heart failure — which, yes, could be brought on by underlying factors. But no one knows what those factors are, or if there were any. Have you ever heard of the black widow? aka – sudden death. RIP George Michael.

    • you obviously know absolutely nothing of George so keep your sad nasty comments to your self, He was an absolute brilliant song writer and singer so talented, what have you achieved in your life ?????? i’m sure we would all like to know

    • He died of heart failure possibly as a result of some drug use, not aids. None of this will change the fact that he was a very talented and gifted musician who’s loved by millions. RIP George. I will miss you dearly.

  2. Our hearts are Broken today that beautiful soulful voice my husband treat me to front row seats at Manchester arena some years ago and it was the best night I’ve ever had George never ever said he was perfect he was just unbelievably talented
    Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends who knew him best xxxxxxx

  3. RIP George Micheal. You brought Beauty to the world and into my life. Your father in heaven called you home. I pray a peacethat passes all understanding for your family and loved ones.

  4. Rip George Michael.. What a talented musician. To all the people posting very negative comments about someone they never even knew as a person, in your next life you will return as a gay person so the universe can show you the error of your ways. We are all on a journey of discovery and what you dont learn in this life will be revealed to you in one of your many returns here. Do not judge someone until you have walked a mile in their shoes.

  5. You know what, having recently loosing my husband, all I can give is love to Michaels family and friends, they don’t see bickering and bad words !!! Yurt don’t need that

  6. Rest in Peace. You were an amazing artist; My condolences to your Father and your siblings & friends. No matter your personal preference, you will always be a sexy, beautiful man to me. From Texas

  7. Straight or Gay, for me George Michael was clearly the sexist man alive! I love all his music, but his album “Faith” is my favorite. I listen to it often still today.

  8. Haters insist on hating. This is NOT the place for it, please. George Michael was an incredible force in the 80s pop music scene. I absolutely loved almost every single song that he released. I am saddened to hear that this man lost his life. It’s even more sad that there are so many mean people out there who think they know what happened and do NOT. R.I.P. George Michael. You are still loved by so many. Your music will live on for ages. <3

  9. Haters insist on hating. This is NOT the place for it, please. George Michael was an incredible force in the 80s pop music scene. I absolutely loved almost every single song that he released. I am saddened to hear that this man lost his life. It’s even more sad that there are so many mean people out there who think they know what happened and do NOT. R.I.P. George Michael. You are still loved by so many. Your music will live on for ages. <3

  10. George is Great even dead! He was a true musician, songwriter, arranger and producer. His music as sublime. No comparison with Taylor Swift. So, Mukesh sod off and shut you dirty mouth.

  11. George Michael is/was my favorite singer. His songs inspire me to write my own songs and I’m really sad to hear about the way he died especially on Christmas day.