He was in the habit of cruising for sex with strangers – an activity he declared he had started in his teens.
He told friend Piers Morgan that he had up to 500 sexual partners in seven years – which works out, staggeringly, at one every five days.
RIP George Michael.'Hit producer Mark Ronson Paul Mc Cartney wrote online: 'George Michael's sweet soul music will live on even after his sudden death.
Having worked with him on a number of occasions his great talent always shone through and his self deprecating sense of humour made the experience even more pleasurable.' Matt Goss, who was half of eighties boy group Bros, tweeted yesterday: 'George Michael was part of the tapestry of my life. Heartbroken, RIP dearest George.'Things began to unravel further when, after years of refusing to be drawn on speculation about his sexuality, he was arrested in public toilets in Beverly Hills, California, in 1998 for engaging in a lewd act.
But last year, a chorus of voices said the same thing – that George Michael, an enthusiastic cannabis user for decades, had moved on to a deadly selection of new narcotics.
The singer, who had dropped out of public view after releasing his last album Symphonica in March 2014, was said to be smoking crack cocaine again. In September this year it was announced his 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Volume 1 was set to be reissued, accompanied by a film featuring Stevie Wonder, Elton John and the supermodels who starred in the video to his hit single Freedom! Born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in East Finchley on June 25, 1963, his father was a Greek Cypriot restaurateur Kyriacos, known as Jack. She took two jobs to keep the family afloat, and Michael said that he found their lives 'patriarchal' and 'oppressive'.
@George Michael #RIP.'A 69-year-old neighbour, who asked to remain anonymous, said Michael was notably absent from the midnight mass Christmas Eve service at St Thomas of Canterbury church, the parish church opposite his home.