Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley admits he still has ‘a number of questions’ over George Michael’s death and feels there hasn’t been ‘any real closure’
George Michael’s bandmate Andrew Ridgeley admitted he still has questions over his friend’s death aged 53 and felt there has been no ‘real closure’ since then.
The Wham! pop star, 56, detailed his grief and need for answers following George’s tragic passing on Christmas Day in 2016 in his autobiography George & Me, which was released on Thursday.
In excerpts obtained by The Mirror, Andrew explained: ‘That the circumstances of his death seemed unclear only compounded the distress. Without any real closure, the grieving seemed terribly raw.
In mourning: Wham! star Andrew Ridgeley admitted in his autobiography, which was released on Thursday, that he still has ‘a number of questions’ over George Michael’s death
‘A heart condition was recorded as the cause of death, but there were still a number of questions.
‘He seemed to be in good health and there are conflicting reports surrounding the night [before] his passing. It now seems as if we may never know what really happened.’
A coroners report in March 2017 said the Faith hit-maker died of natural causes had dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.
Andrew continued: ‘When someone dies alone, perhaps there are always answers that remain out of reach. It still feels uncomfortable, though.’
Still has questions: Following George’s tragic passing on Christmas Day in 2016, Andrew explained in his book: ‘Without any real closure, the grieving seemed terribly raw’
In another excerpt from the book, obtained by The Sun, the singer admitted that he feared George would die of AIDs after he came out to him and Shirlie Holliman.
At the time, paranoia around the disease was rife, and Andrew admitted: ‘I know I wasn’t the only friend of George’s who worried about him during that uncertain, frightening period.’
Of the moment George revealed he was gay, Andrew added: ‘When I walked across the hallway to George’s room, Shirlie was already there, perched on a large sofa in the suite. George was still in bed. He smiled as I came in.
Candid: In another excerpt from the book, the singer admitted that he feared George would die of AIDs after he came out to him and Shirlie Holliman
‘The mood in the room was so relaxed and familiar, yet what George was about to reveal was clearly a big deal for him.
‘”I didn’t know whether to tell you this”, he said, looking across at Shirlie. “But I’m going to. I’m gay”.’
Andrew enjoyed worldwide success with Wham! between 1981 to 1986, when he and bandmate George sold more than 28 million records across the globe.
The pop duo, who had two Number One singles in 1984, disbanded after a farewell concert at Wembley Stadium in June 1986.
Superstars: Andrew enjoyed worldwide success with Wham! between 1981 to 1986, when he and bandmate George sold more than 28 million records across the globe
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