George Michael’s lover Fadi Fawaz has been banned from attending the late singer’s funeral amid a family feud.
The singer’s cousin, Andros Georgiou, said Fadi – who discovered George’s body on Christmas day – would not be welcome as he revealed plans for the singer’s final send-off.
He said: “Fadi has not been invited to the funeral. He is not welcome, the family hate him. Heaven help him if he turned up.”
Andros also said the Careless Whisper star would be buried in his favourite suit from his final tour, a gold Cartier watch and a ring bearing his nickname – Yog.
Andros added to The Sun: “The clothes have been chosen and it will be his favourite black suit and shirt from the Symphonica tour, with no tie.”
It’s believed he will be laid to rest in Highgate, North London, next to his mum Lesley Angold Panayiotou who passed away from cancer aged 60 in 1997.
“George Michael’s family have a private plot where his mother is buried – and there is currently space within it for further burials,” a cemetery insider previously said.
The singer’s funeral has been delayed after tests on the singer took longer than expected to complete.
Senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter, has yet to open an inquest into the pop star’s death and Thames Valley Police have said they were still awaiting the results of toxicology tests on his body organs to ascertain if drug ingestion had played a factor in the singer’s death.
It is increasingly feared that George died from an overdose of illegal or prescription drugs at his riverside home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxon.
He had battled addiction to hard drugs, including crack cocaine as recently as 2015, and was a habitual user of anti-depressants, such as Amitriptyline, and sedatives, to beat severe depression, anxiety and insomnia.
Fine art photographer Fadi was quizzed by police for a marathon five hours over what happened in the singer’s final hours, but was told by police earlier this month that he is no longer part of their probe.
It comes as the 999 call Fadi made to emergency services after he found George’s body emerged.
In the phone call he reveals that he’d been trying for an hour to wake George from his sleep.
The call handler asks if the patient is conscious and breathing, and Fadi responds: “No, it’s George Michael, I think he’s dead. He’s in bed.”
“You think he’s dead?,” asks the operator.
Fadi replied “yes” and goes on to give the address of George’s house in Goring, Oxfordshire.
When asked if it was an expected death, Fadi says: “No, no, no. I’ve been waiting for him to wake up for hours and he wouldn’t so I went to wake him up and he was gone. He’s not there.”
Fadi is asked if resuscitation would be affected, but repeats that he’s “cold, stiff and blue”.
He is then told not to move or disturb the body until the death is verified.
When she asks for the patient’s name, Fadi says: “It’s George Michael, you know, the singer.”
Andros and George grew up together and the former producer toured the world with the star at the height of his success – but they fell out in 1998.
He said in 2012 he had reached out to George, telling him: “The last thing I want is one of us standing over the other’s grave, wishing he had mended the nonsense that destroyed us.”