George Michael suffered from a heroin addiction prior to his death, according to sources, according to an Australian news-site report, www.thewest.com.au
The Careless Whisper hitmaker passed away from heart failure at his home in Goring-on-Thames in England on Christmas Day at the age of 53.
Sources have now claimed the star used heroin and was rushed to hospital earlier in the year for treatment after an overdose.
The source told The Daily Telegraph: “He’s been rushed to A&E [emergency] on several occasions. He used heroin. I think it’s amazing he’s lasted as long as he has.”
The news comes as PR chief Gary Farrow – a close friend of the singer – told The Sun newspaper that “easy access to drugs” ultimately caused the death of the prolific talent.
“I believe easy access to drugs was the cause of his problems,” Farrow said.
“I thought George was too bright to get involved with illegal substances, but once this disease gets hold of you it’s hard to fight it.”
According to sources, cardiac arrest – which was the cause of death according to Michael’s manager Michael Lippman – is common among heroin users.
Lippman said on Monday that he received a call telling him that Michael had been found “in bed, lying peacefully” and that there was “no foul play whatsoever”.
He said Michael’s death from heart failure was unexpected.