Police are investigating whether music icon George Michael died of a drug overdose, and have questioned his lover, according to British media reports Friday.
Celebrity hairdresser Fadi Fawaz, who discovered Michael’s body on Christmas Day, has been interviewed by officers, who are also trying to determine exactly who visited his Oxfordshire mansion in the week before he died, according to a report in today’s Daily Mail.
The investigation into the star’s death, which was described by police at the time as “unexplained but not suspicious,” has now been handed to “a major-crime squad amid fears he died of a drugs overdose,” the Mail reports.
Fawaz has said that he spent the night of Christmas Eve sleeping in his car.
The Australian-born hairstylist told the Daily Mirror he fell asleep in his vehicle, a cold night, saying: “I never saw him that night. The police know everything. That’s the most important thing.”
Fawaz has said that he had been in a relationship with Michael for some time, but other reports have claimed that the singer and the hairstylist had been estranged for 18 months.
One source sought to cast doubt on the closeness of Fawaz and Michael, telling the Sun, “Within hours of discovering his body, posts appeared on his Twitter account, and then within 12 hours he sold his story. Does this sound like a grieving partner?”
Police will speak to relatives, friends, and neighbors before they send a report to the Oxfordshire coroner, the Mail says.
Mr Fawaz claimed his Twitter page was hacked after bizarre tweets were posted on New Year’s Eve claiming that Michael had “tried to kill himself many times.” He subsequently deleted the account entirely.