A brand new biography about George Michael shockingly particulars the singer’s wrestle with harmful medicine in his remaining years.
The Wham! frontman’s use of medicine has been public data for fairly a while. In 2008, he was arrested for possession of crack cocaine. In August of the subsequent 12 months, Michael was arrested once more for one more drug associated trigger — he was driving whereas below the affect of hashish and collided with one other automotive.
In James Gavin’s new e-book, nevertheless, he states one of many greatest medicine in George’s life was GHB. The singer’s habit to the drug goes again a few years. In February 2006 he was discovered “semi-conscious and mumbling” when the police knocked on the window of his automotive which was “stalled diagonally throughout a visitors lane”. A search of the car revealed the aforementioned “date-rape” drug was in his possession on the time.
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Gavin claims in his new e-book that GHB is “extra addictive than meth” and “riskier in all varieties”:
“For Michael, GHB appeared heaven-sent. Aside from fueling his sexual compulsiveness, it made a depressed and self-loathing man really feel enticing; it introduced pleasure the place there was little. GHB gave him confidence on Hampstead Heath and with probably the most intimidatingly attractive escorts. But it surely additionally took him to a daunting new stage of self-destruction. GHB is extra addictive than meth, and riskier in all varieties.”
Such a scary factor to be hooked on…it’s additionally detailed within the biography that the drug was an enormous a part of George’s on once more, off once more relationship with Paul Stag — an escort and grownup movie star who later admitted to supplying him with the substance:
“Michael paid him each for intercourse and for procuring his new drug of alternative: GHB. In textual content messages, they known as it ‘champagne.’”
Stag would allegedly ship the drug in travel-size shampoo bottles and George would combine it right into a glass of soda. He recollects within the e-book how the drug fueled their very lively intercourse life:
“Abruptly, Michael would announce, ‘I’m prepared now. Let’s go and have intercourse.’”
The e-book additionally references a earlier interview with The Solar, the place Paul mentioned within the One Extra Strive singer’s thoughts “medicine equaled intercourse and intercourse equaled medicine”.
In Could 2014, George’s wrestle with the substance would take a flip for the more severe. He was discovered unconscious in a tub from an overdose of GHB — and it wasn’t his first time! Allegedly, he had overdosed on the celebration drug a number of occasions previously. So unhappy…
It’s reported that his buddies “begged” him to hunt assist and go into rehab for his habit, however in the end his psychiatrist satisfied him. In line with the brand new e-book, Michael stayed at Kusnacht Apply in Switzerland for “the higher a part of a 12 months”. And it was a particularly pricey keep!
“[Kusnacht] was the addict’s equal of a five-star continental resort … costing £130,000 upward per week.”
It’s estimated that his whole go to price 1.5 MILLION kilos! Sadly, the rehabilitation didn’t succeed, and George’s “previous habits returned” with a relapse in 2016. It’s speculated that his habit to the drug result in his dying that very same 12 months. GHB causes the person to crave fatty meals, which made The Final Christmas singer acquire a big quantity of weight. The burden acquire prompted him to develop liver illness.
Michael was discovered useless at age 53 in his dwelling by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz on Christmas Day 2016. It’s decided that he died from coronary heart illness and a fatty liver — by which GHB possible had a hand in inflicting. Such a tragic state of affairs…
In case you or somebody you already know is combating habit, contact SAMSHA’s nationwide helpline free of charge and confidential help at 1-800-662-HELP (4357).
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