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George Michael impostor linked to singer’s death

The London Evening Standard freesheet has illustrated a story on the “disease that killed George Michael”. It’s done so with a picture of someone who is not George Michael (25 June 1963 – 25 December 2016 ). That’s a look-alike, who might well be alive.

 

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George Michael’s death has been attributed to heart and liver disease. He had dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. The coroner told us:

“Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.

“No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

Illustrating a story with a celebrity is nothing new – but it’s a good idea to correctly identify the dead star you’re using to fuel the feature.  The Standard says “260,000 people in the UK” suffer from  dilated cardiomyopathy. Let’s hope their doctors are better at identifying them than the Standard is at spotting one victim.

Posted: 12th, April 2018 | In: Celebrities, News, Tabloids | Comment


Police ‘holding George Michael’s body’ as tabloid investigation continues

George Michael’s body is being “Held By Police”, says the Star. “Funeral is on hold over drug mystery,” adds the teaser.

 

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That this is front-page news might lead readers to suspect and expect the story is a big one. But the rest of it appears on page 15, providing a clue to the story being less than the headline promises.

It’s not the police who have George Michael’s body. It’s the coroner. And Darren Salter, for it is he, is waiting for the results of toxicology tests carried out on the singer. The tests are to ascertain if drugs were a factor in the singer’s death.

This is not unusual. The Ministry of Justice tells us: “After the post-mortem examination the pathologist will send a report to the coroner. The report will give details of the examination, of any tissues and organs retained, and any tests, such as for drugs and blood alcohol level, which have been carried out to help in finding out the cause of death. Sometimes the pathologist’s report may not be available for several weeks.”

But George Michael was star. So in tabloid land his death must be clouded in mystery.

The Sun quotes a “source”. “The investigation is now picking up a bit of speed,” says the unnamed figure. “Officers from the Major Crime Unit have begun asking questions of those who were in the area at the time George died and the day before. They want to build up an idea of what George’s last seven days were like and who came and went.”

Or as Thames Valley police put it: “Mr Michael‘s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”

Posted: 27th, January 2017 | In: Celebrities, Tabloids | Comment


George Michael’s ‘suicide’ lover seen wearing sandals and socks

The post-mortem on George Michael’s body failed to establish a cause of death. There will be further tests. The police are not treating it as suspicious.

But the tabloids know why George Michael died. “Tragic George ‘Killed Himself’,” states the Star’s cover story. “Singer ‘wanted to die’.”

You might think George Michael’s life anything but tragic. Feted, celebrated, admired and adored by many, the singer was a superstar. The Star writes a narrative allegedly fed by a Twitter account apparently linked to Fadi Fawaz, Michael’s boyfriend, who, as the Times notes, found the singer “lying peacefully” in bed at his 16th-century cottage in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

The paper broadcasts the tweets: “the only thing George wanted is to DIE”; “he tried numbers of time to kill himself many times…”; “and finally he managed…” All troubling. And then below a picture of Fadi walking the Star supplies the caption: “Fadi claims he is hacking victim”.

 

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The Sun, which also leads with the story of a tweet, says Fadi Fawaz’s profile has been “quickly deleted”.

He says he didn’t send those tweets.

The Mirror wrings more from “the mystery”. In “Final hours of pop legend” the paper thunders : “GEORGE’S LOVER: I SLEPT IN MY CAR AS HE DIED ALONE.” Farwaz tells the paper: “I did not send those tweets.” The Mirror then says, “It is unclear why he spent the night apart from his 53-year-old lover”. Farwz says, “I fell asleep in my car and I never saw him that night.”

 

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For those of you seeking more official action, it’s worth noting what else the Mirror reports: “Fadi was pictured buying coffee on Christmas Eve from a shop near George’s home… He was wearing sandals and socks.”

Were his feet hacked? Or is it now fashionable to dress like a summering vicar on a Norfolk beach?

The mystery continues.

Posted: 2nd, January 2017 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts, Reviews, Tabloids | Comment


The Sun’s Dan Wootton mocks ‘bloated’ George Michael

The Sun is copying the Daily Mail’s habit of being shocked and amazed that famous faces have gotten older. Today, the Sun’s Dan Wootton brings us “Careless Wispa – EXCLUSIVE: Fears for ‘bloated’ George Michael as he piles on 3st”.

This is Wootton who launched his ‘No More Skinny’ campaign in the Sun, calling on fatter models and the end to the skinny obsession “madness” that does “so much damage to our body-conscious youngsters”.

Today Wootton says an “onlooker” spotted “BLOATED George Michael” at an exhibition of British pop artist Allen Jones at Zurich’s Baur au Lac hotel.

The witness says:

“He attended as it started to get dark. It was clearly George, but it was pretty shocking to see how he looked.”

No. It wasn’t. He’s 51. He looks pretty good, especially for a man so grotesque he goes out only under cover of darkness:

 

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To further prove just how horrible George looks, Wootton invites readers to compare the singer now with how he looked in 1983.

 

 

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Wow, indeed, Dan. Singer gets older. Read all about it!

 

Posted: 17th, June 2015 | In: Celebrities, Reviews | Comment


1983: Macho George Michael loves The Sweet but hates the ‘effeminate one’

FLASHBACK to Smash Hits, September 29, 1983, when George Michael was picking the hits. George Michael liked The Sweet, but hated “the effeminate one” with the red hair. After dismissing the Sweet’s feminine one, Michael told us that he went on to like Elton John and Queen. Oh, the macho fool.
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Posted: 2nd, October 2013 | In: Flashback, Music | Comment


George Michael was trying to close his car door when he fell from it at 70mph

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GEORGE Michael was trying to shut the door on his car when he tell out of it. The singer was travelling at 70mph down the M1 when the accident occurred.

Well, so says Katherine Fox, 23, who was in a car behind Michael’s silver Range Rover.

“I saw blood everywhere and a man on the ground. I thought someone had run across the road and been hit. I asked what had gone on and was told he tried to open the car door and shut it again because it wasn’t shut properly and apparently fell out at 70mph.”

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Posted: 21st, May 2013 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comment (1)


Wham! reunite for one last school disco dance

WHAM! are back. Those of you who bought tickets for The Final, that Wembley concert on June 28 1986 (and I was there) can think about getting their money back. George Michael is ready to stap on his shoulder pads hair and Andrew Ridgeley re-inflate his Fisher Price guitar. The Mail (yeah, we know) says the boys from Bushey are back for one last school disco dance with Pepsi and Shirley:

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PA NEWS PHOTO 28/6/86 ANDREW RIDGELEY OF POP GROUP "WHAM" ON STAGE FOR THEIR LAST SELL-OUT CONCERT AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON

Posted: 20th, June 2012 | In: Music | Comment


George Michael reschedules tour now that Heather Trott is dying

ONE of the more peculiar elements of EastEnders is the subplot that Heather Trott really, really, really likes George Michael. She once hid in a garden and sniffed a yoghurt lid that she fished out of a bin. Yes, that’s primetime British television there.

Of course, since George Michael is barking mad and always stoned or nearly dying of pneumonia, he probably thinks ‘Hev’ is a real person. And now she’s being killed off (which will air tomorrow) which means that the singer now feels safe enough to reschedule his tour.

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Posted: 20th, March 2012 | In: Celebrities | Comment


George Michael and Prince Philip locked in newspaper death match

GEORGE Michael and the Duke of Edinburgh are two sides of a tabloid death coin. Will the singer or Prince Philip, for it is he, die first and give the media a Christmas croaker?

The papers make their choice. Those that lead with George Michael are:

The Sun: “It Was Touch And GoGo”

The Independent: “George Heals The Pain”

Daily Star: “It Was Nearly My Last Christmas”

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Posted: 24th, December 2011 | In: Celebrities | Comment


George Michael Has Pneumonia In Austria

SAD news that George Michael is suffering from pneumonia. The better news is that he’s been laid low in Vienna, Austria, and the country’s medics are working on his wellbeing.

Not too long ago, Michel was schooled off cannabis by being locked up in prison with lots of desperate, sweaty drugs dealers. We supposed the punishment was a break from touring and PR junkets in soulless hotels, and hanging around in the park waiting to get laid. If he could catch up on some daytime telly and smoke some cracking weed in the ‘Joint’ then so be it. Let no man say the UK does not treat its stars well.

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Posted: 23rd, November 2011 | In: Celebrities | Comment


George Michael Is A Role Model For Singing Unshaven Gay Pot Heads

GEORGE Michael is seen pictured at The Royal Opera House in Covent Garden where he announced his latest tour Symphonica.

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Posted: 11th, May 2011 | In: Music | Comment (1)


George Michael Is Out And Wagging In Highgate: Photos

GEORGE Michael is out. No, not out. We knew he was gay last week. The news cycle might look like it’s on repeat where Georgios Panayiotou is concerned, a same story loop of drugs – car – court for the shot of memory to keep up with, but Michael is moving on. He is out of jail.  and back at his house in Highgate, north London, after being released from prison. He posed for the cameras, rubbed his head, wagged his finger, pulled on some dark glasses and, hopefully, remembered to put the number for a minicab firm on his phone…

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Pop star George Michael speaks outside his house in Highgate, north London, after being released from prison.

Posted: 11th, October 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment


George Michael In Myra Hindley Hell Jail

GEORGE Michael is in jail and the Sun is determined to link his drugged driving with worse crimes.

Neil Syson follows his news that George Michael is gay and in jail with “paedophiles and rapists”, by telling readers:

SHAMED George Michael was secretly switched to a soft jail yesterday where Moors killer Myra Hindley was locked up.

So that’s paedos, rapists and child killers. And a singer so stoned he can’t work out that you can hire a taxi home.

It was Syson who earlier told us:

“The North London prison’s previous high-profile inmates include writer Oscar Wilde – jailed for homosexuality – and Michael’s fellow pop star Boy George, who was sent there for assaulting a mail escort he held captive”.

Just a few inmates picked at random, who both just happen to be gay. Syson has more news:

George Michael is currently staying at Highpoint Prison, Suffolk – “mainly with other middle-aged drug offenders at the end of their jail terms.

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Posted: 18th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)


Video: George Michael Cruises For Sex On Hampstead Heath

GEORGE Michael is in jail. And in the news of the tautological, the Sun’s Tom Wells says the singer’s been visited in his jail by “gay lover” Kenny Goss”.

More sensation that George Michael is gay as and when the Sun reports it. Now for the video:

George Michael’s Careless Rizla: Homophobia And Tabloid Puns

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GEORGE MICHAEL OF POP GROUP "WHAM" ON STAGE FOR THEIR LAST SELL-OUT CONCERT AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON

Posted: 17th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)


George Michael Attacked In Jail By Singing Peadophiles: Photos

GEORGE Michael is in jail. And having lashed him with a dose of homophobia, the Sun now leads with the headline: “GEORGE SOBS ON PAEDO WING” The signers is staying on Pentonville prison’s Vulnerable Prisoners Unit.

It’s petty standard procedure to put a new inmate on a wing where he can be closely monitored. But to the Sun this is the place wher paedophiles are caged. Tom well then delivers the line:

Michael was offered the opportunity to mingle on the wing with his grisly fellow inmates.

In the Mirror Derek McGovern suggests “Greek soap-dropper George Michael” will save his mingling until shower time. That will when the star washes with the paedos, right, readers?  As for those grisly inmates, well…

In the most harrowing 12 minutes of his first full day, Michael – aka prisoner A8365AW – was escorted to the shower block to the relentless chants of “Guilty George has got no Freedom”.

Not a bit of it. The most harrowing part of Michael’s days would have been reading an open letter from Tony Parsons:

Dear George… Jail will be a wake up call for you – and we both know you have been sleepwalking for years. In the leafy little corner of North London where we both live, your drug-addled behaviour has long been a bit of a joke.

It’s Me And George. Can Parsons be arrested and locked up for muscling in on the story?

I struggle to recognise you as the decent, good -humoured, fresh-faced kid I first met more than 25 years ago. Time changes us all, of course – but that teenage boy in Wham! would have been sickened at the podgy, fog-eyed old wreck that you have become. Come in, George Michael – your time is up.

The tabloids are going to town. Over in the Sun, readers see a mock up of Michael’s prison cells, because they are unable to imagine what one might look like. But it turns out that it’s just another chance to take the piss out of Michael’s sexuality.

He is watching Louis Spence on the telly. Spence is TV’s latest tame camp gay. Michael says he watches daytime telly and soaps. But he is gay and that means he must watch gay people, just as straight people only watch straight people, lesbians only watch lesbians and adolescent boys tune into Countdown.

In four weeks time, Michael will be out of jail and the same papers that attack him will want his story. If he has any dignity left, he should ignore them…

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GEORGE MICHAEL OF POP GROUP "WHAM" ON STAGE FOR THEIR LAST SELL-OUT CONCERT AT WEMBLEY STADIUM, LONDON

Posted: 16th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (4)


George Michael’s Careless Rizla: Homophobia And Tabloid Puns

GEORGE Michael is in jail. So, a perfect chance for a spot of punning and homophobia in the tabloids.

He scored eight week’s jail for being off his face on cannabis and pills when he crashed his Range Rover into a branch of Snappy Snaps in Hampstead, north London. (They’re the only winners in this.)

Anorak takes a look at puns and gay slights in the news about a great talent who is too stubborn or goofed to get a taxi:

Puns (Anorak goes with Careless Rizla)

LOCK ME UP BEFORE YOU GO-GO – Sun

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Posted: 15th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (6)


George Michael Gets 8 Weeks Jail: Photos

GEORGE Michael gets eight weeks jail for being off his face on weed when he drove his Range Rover into the Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, branch of Snappy Snaps.

Look out for lots of puns on Careless Riza and so forth…

George Michael is in jail! Boy George has done jail. Of the 80s Georges, Only George from Rainbow remains free of prison’s stench.

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George Michael arrives at Highbury Corner Magistrates' Court in north London, for sentencing after he admitted crashing his Range Rover while under the influence of cannabis.

Posted: 14th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)


In Photos: George Michael Goes to Jail?

GEORGE Michael is in court. The 47-year-old sing is appear under the name Georgios Panayiotou. He’s at Highbury Corner Magistrates Court, North London.

Geroge addressed fans via his website:

“Personal problems which I had tried to deal with myself had clearly got the better of me, and I am sorry that my pride has prevented me from seeking help before now.”

The court hears that the former sidekick to Andrew Ridgely drove his Range Rover into the Rosslyn Hill, Hampstead, branch of Snappy Snaps.

Posted: 14th, September 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comment


George Michael Goes Down For Marijuana In Photos

GEORGE Michael was at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court in north London, to answer charges of driving under the influence of drugs after his car crashed into a Hampstead branch of Snappy Snaps.

In court, Georgios Panayiotou admits to driving under the influence and possessing cannabis cigarettes for his own use. He faces a possible prison sentence when the court reconvenes on September 14.

He would go to jail because weed is illegal. You can fill your pockets with Prozac and all manner of uppers and downers if it is on prescription. But weed is out.

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Posted: 24th, August 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)


Can George Michael Escape The Tabloid Loop As He Is Busted For Bad Driving Again?

CAN George Michael escape the tabloid loop he finds himself in. Is his short-term memory so shot that he must continually get arrested for possession of cannabis and driving while under the influence of drink or drugs to remind himself what he was doing the day before? Will he ever work out what Andrew Ridgeley did in Wham!?

George has been pinched for navigating his £80,000 Range Rover into a Snappy Snaps photography shop in Hampstead, north London, as he made his way home from the Gay Pride parade.

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Posted: 12th, August 2010 | In: Celebrities | Comments (5)


Krazy Gun Guy Sings Elton John And George Michael’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me While Gay Bears Rub Off

KRAZY Gun Guy will now sing Elton John And George Michael’s Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me while two gay bears rub off.

He performs before a crowd of small mountain goats and the St Winifred’s School Choirso you can key out the background and pop me anywhere you please“.

Krazy Gun Guy will do all this while holding a large firearm.

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Posted: 9th, August 2010 | In: Strange But True | Comment (1)


X Factor Does Pride Watch: Cheryl Cole Patronises Joe McElderry

prideX FACTOR does Pride Watch: Pride Watch highlights instances of Remote Pride, when someone barely or not at all related to the subject says how proud they of them, a comment that at once patronises the target and takes partial ownership of their achievement.

Cheryl Cole is “mentoring” Joe McElderry, the shiny, sexless Cliff Richard boychild by choosing what songs the voice coach trains him to sing.

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Posted: 22nd, November 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (3)


X Factor: George Michael Sees The Light And The Jonas Brothers Back Jedward

7819205X FACTOR Watch: George Michael spots the leading lights and the Jonas Brothers back Jedward.

The trick with the X Factor publicists is to keep the show in people’s minds in the long week, when I’m A Celebrity occupies all thoughts and front pages.

It’s achieved by non news. Today’s non-news news story is that George Michael might watch the show.

A show insider tells the Mirror:

“George is hoping to come and watch the live shows this weekend.”

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Posted: 21st, November 2009 | In: Celebrities | Comments (2)


Gay George Michael ‘Dead’

5356934GEORGE Michael is not dead. George Michael has been “arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of drink or drugs” after his silver Land Rover was involved in a collision with a truck on the A34 near Newbury, Berkshire.

Well, so the papers say.

In truth, Michael is taken to Lodden Valley police station, near Reading. At 5:55am he is released without charge. He is well. He was not arrested, merely questioned, as is routine.

The Mirror has the, er, “exclusive”:

EXCLUSIVE: George Michael arrested after crashing his Range Rover into back of lorry at 1am

And if you want more facts:

“George Campbell, boss of the firm that owns the truck, said he could have been seriously injured or even killed.”

Wham! Another celebrity death – averted. The Sun confirms the news that Michael is alive, but expected more from “Gay George”:

Onlookers feared George, 46 was DEAD as he sat dazed in the mangled motor for ten minutes near Newbury, Berks.

And George Michael – how is he?

“He was quite merry and wanted a lift but didn’t say where to. He was wearing glasses, a black baseball cap, a tight-fitting black T-shirt, black trousers and Crocs shoes. He carried a satchel.”

Crocs… Ew. He was in bad way:

The motor was a write-off and the gay singer – described as “away with the fairies” – survived by a miracle.

A car crash follwied by a bit of light gay bashing. The sun’s font-page headline screams:

GEORGE MICHAEL SHUNTS TRUCKER IN REAR.”

Only Michael wasn’t out of it. He  failed no drink nor drugs test. He was not arrested. He is not dead.

Sky News says Michael’s car is worth £80,000, although given the state of his health this might rise (it’s memorabilia, right) or if he’s well, fall (repairs aren’t cheap).

Of course, this is the same George Michael who in 2007 admitting being unfit to drive when he watched the light show at the junctions between Cosmic Cricklewood Lane and Hendon Way, North London. Red. Orange. Green. Red. Orange… Anyone else see the lights in the sky?

And this means the media must look over his driving history, yer honour.

Michael was cautioned by police for possession of cannabis after being found in a similar state at Hyde Park Corner in February, 2007. At the time he issued a statement claiming it was “my own stupid fault as usual”, and later penned a song inspired by the experience. In April, 2007 the former Wham! star was in the news again when he collided with three parked cars near his north London home.

In May 2004, he wrote off his BMW on the A40 in Acton, west London, and crashed into railings.

The Scottish Daily Record has more news, yer honour:

Michael’s most notorious brush with the law came in 1998, whenhe was detained for lewd conduct in a public toilet in Los Angeles by an undercover police officer.

Does he have an in-car toilet?

In August 2009, George Michael was involved in a car accident in which no-one was hurt.

End of.

Posted: 15th, August 2009 | In: Celebrities, Key Posts | Comments (7)


Down The Pan: George Michael’s Secret Farewell Concert

NEWS is that George Michael is finding it hard to sell tickets for his new show, his farewell concert.

Michael says the show in Abu Dhabi will be his last. He will mark UAE’s independence and then retire.

But with only days to go, promoters are finding it hard to shift the 35,000 tickets, each valued at £35.

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Posted: 2nd, December 2008 | In: Celebrities | Comment