George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz races to make star’s funeral
George Michael has been laid to rest in a service in north London.
His partner, Fadi Fawaz, was seen racing to Highgate cemetery shortly after 2pm local time.
16 blacked out cars pulled up at the cemetery, ahead of the intimate service taking place, said to be organised by the singer’s sister, Melanie Panayiotou.
They included former Wham! band mates Pepsi and Andrew Ridgeley.
Spice Girl Geri Horner, known as Ginger Spice, is thought to have delivered the eulogy.
Black drapes were lifted as each car arrived at the cemetery, allowing the approved vehicles to go through without showing the scene to those outside.
Cars going into the funeral had numbers displayed in their windows, to indicate they were for the star’s funeral.
It comes as Fadi Fawaz was seen rushing to the event.
According to MailOnline, he was walking in nearby Camden when he was told of the burial.
It’s alleged reporter informed him of the ceremony, prompting him to turn up swiftly.
It’s not known if he was invited or not.
The plot was cleared of flowers and leaves over in recent weeks ready for his burial next to his mum.
24-hour security has surrounded the plot in a bid to protect it from vandals or over zealous fans.
According to the Daily Star, the cemetery “ramped up security” as George’s family “fear ghouls could ruin the funeral”.
His burial plot, in Highgate Cemetry, north London, is next to his late mother.
Michael’s beloved mother, Lesley, died exactly 20 years ago in 1997.
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The star had always intended to be buried next to her, buying the burial plot ready for when the occasion came around.
A source told the Mirror: “Lesley was George’s world so it is fitting that they should now be together.”
They added: “George would always make a big deal out of Mother’s Day.
“He loved her so much and he would spend a lot of time talking to her there.
“The cemetery has a very special place in his heart.”
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.