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George Michael 'fought secret addiction to heroin' - source claims he was rushed to A&E on number of occasions

The late George Michael was reportedly battling a secret heroin addiction, a source close to the star has claimed.

The pop superstar has been described as a "beautiful person" and a "kind and generous man" after he was found dead in bed by his partner.  The 53-year-old musician died from suspected heart failure.

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The death is being treated by police as "unexplained but not suspicious".

Fadi Fawaz, who began seeing Michael following his split from Goss, said he found the star dead when he arrived to wake him ahead of a planned Christmas Day lunch.

He told the Daily Telegraph: "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."

Sources revealed on Monday to the newspaper that Michael had been treated previously in hospital for an overdose.

“He's been rushed to A&E on several occasions," the source said.

"He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.”

Fans and neighbours gathered at his homes in Highgate, north London and Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire to pay tribute to an artist they described as a "huge inspiration".

Michael, whose brushes with the law and tales of drug use saw him hit the headlines, nearly died from pneumonia in late 2011. After receiving treatment in a Vienna hospital, he made a tearful appearance outside his London home and said it had been ''touch and go''.

Michael's 1990 album Listen Without Prejudice Vol. 1 had been set to be reissued accompanied by a new film featuring Stevie Wonder, Sir Elton and the supermodels who starred in the video to his hit single Freedom! '90.

An appeal for archive footage and imagery from fans including "mass Wham! hysteria" was made on Michael's website in August, with a post on his official Facebook page saying: "George is personally seeking rare Wham! & George Michael photos and video and we need your help!"

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