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George Michael's partner blames hackers for 'suicide' posts on Twitter

By Ben Kentish

George Michael’s partner has said hackers were responsible for posts on his Twitter page that suggested the singer killed himself after making numerous prior suicide attempts.

Messages written under the name of Fadi Fawaz, who found Michael dead in bed at his Oxfordshire home on Christmas morning, said the pop icon had taken his own life, but Mr Fawaz said he did not post them.

He said he was “shocked” at the messages but was “not going to worry about these things”. The series of tweets read: “I was in a relationship with George Michael till I found him dead in bed. The only thing George wanted is to DIE. He tried numbers of times to kill himself many times and finally he managed. We loved each other very much and were together almost 24 hours a day.”

The messages were later deleted and the account was closed.

Mr Fazaz told Mirror Online: “I am shocked with what’s going on with the Twitter thing. My Twitter account has been hacked and closed. It’s a bit scary to be honest. I did not send those tweets. I woke up at 11.30am to the news. I am not going to worry about these things.”

On Friday, police said a post-mortem examination had proved “inconclusive”, with further tests to be carried out.

Thames Valley Police said: “The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks. Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire coroner. Mr Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”

Meanwhile, Michael’s greatest hits collection Ladies & Gentlemen has appeared in the top 10 album chart for the first time in 17 years, after the singer passed away aged 53.

The record had a 5,625 per cent surge in sales and streams this week, and is currently at number eight on the Official Charts Company album chart.

And Wham’s classic ‘Last Christmas’ climbed to number seven in the singles chart, marking its return to the top 10 for the first time in 31 years.

A number of his best-known albums have also returned. His last album with Wham — The Final — is at 40, while 2006’s Twenty Five is at No. 47.

Faith, released in 1987, Symphonica (2014), and Older (1996) are all back in the Top 100.

Radio Times reports that the best-selling vinyl single of the week in the UK is a recent re-release of Michael’s ‘Freedom ‘90’, which is No.1 on this week’s chart.

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