George Michael’s best friend furious at show revealing the star’s ‘final days’
Fans and friends have been left furious at a TV documentary about George Michael’s final days.
The documentary, The Final Days of George Michael, aired on Five in the UK.
The late star’s best friend, bandmate Andrew Ridgeley, labelled the show “mucky”.
He slammed the TV network for airing the documentary before Michael has been buried, after the body was left for more than three months pending the coroner’s report.
He wrote on Twitter: “2 conceive such a sensationalist & mucky piece of voyeurism may be par 4 the course for u, the decision to air b4 GM’s funeral is insensitive, contemptuous & reprehensible. U might have the had decency 2 schedule post funeral & after a respectful period”.
Other fans laid into the show, labelling it “disrespectful’, “trash” and even “homophobic”.
Former The Sun editor Kelvin MacKenzie was featured in the show, despite being editor of the newspaper at a time when it printed constant homophobia.
Limited information is know about the star’s final days in truth, having been a very private man.
Five responded to one viewer who had complained about the show.
His body remained unburied for three months since his Christmas Day death, but is expected to be buried on Mother’s Day, in a plot next to his mother.
Tests confirmed that George Michael died from “natural causes”, despite months of tabloid speculation that he had died from drug related issues.
According to a coroner, his death was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.
Since his death, dozens of people have opened up about the singer’s extraordinary generosity and anonymous philanthropy, donating millions to good causes without revealing his identity.
The world renowned osteopath treated the Wham! legend for some three decades, and says he knew he was about to die.
The medic has revealed that Michael was preparing for his death in their last meeting, just three weeks before he passed away on Christmas Day.
Mr Niel-Asher said: “When I last saw him he was in good spirits. It was a beautiful last session.
“We had a really weird conversation, it was interesting and it was strange.
“Sometimes people know they are going to die and they get everything in order.
“I wonder if there was a bit of that going on, like he somehow knew.
“It was strange to think he might have known he was going to die or had some kind of inkling. That happens.
“Some people know they are going to die and I’ve seen it before.
“In many ways I thought he was waking up and I saw him coming alive again, maybe the last flash of the candle.