George Michael could get to number one nearly a year after his death

Josh Jackman December 11, 2017
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1984: British singer songwriter George Michael, lead singer of the pop group Wham!, with the group's guitarist Andrew Ridgeley at the film premiere of the hit 'Dune'. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

George Michael and fellow Wham! band member Andrew Ridgeley (Hulton Archive/Getty)

George Michael could be set to top the charts nearly a year to the day after he died.

George was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, age 53, on Christmas Day last year.

BERLIN, Germany: British pop star George Michael poses as he walks over the red carpet prior the screening of "George Michael - A Different Story" at the Berlin Film Festival 16 February 2005. The film, directed by Southan Morris and presented out of competition, is a documentary featuring the life, career and politics of the iconic pop star. AFP PHOTO DDP/MICHAEL KAPPELER GERMANY OUT (Photo credit should read MICHAEL KAPPELER/AFP/Getty Images)

According to the coroner’s report he died of natural causes, not from a drug overdose as some claimed.

But his hit song Last Christmas is rising up the charts as the anniversary of his death approaches.

George Michael

From its position of 29 last week, it has soared to number five in today’s charts, according to the Official Charts Company.

This puts the Wham! song right up there with another festive classic, Mariah Carey’s All I Want For Christmas Is You, which currently occupies number three on the singles chart.

British singer George Michael

George’s album Twenty Five has also risen, going up six places to register at number 13.

Sam Smith’s record The Thrill Of It All continues to soar, but has dropped out of the number one slot to make room for ÷, by Ed Sheeran.

Smith is at number two, just ahead of P!nk, whose album Beautiful Trauma is currently charting at number three.

Last week, George’s ex-boyfriend Fadi Fawaz said he believes he will never find love again.

British singer George Michael performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL        (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)

The fine art dealer, who dated the Wham! star until his death, said George was his one true love.

Fadi said: “It is very sad you know. If he’s not here, he’s not here.

“There will never ever be a lover in my life after George.

“I do not have anyone in my life and there will never be anyone ever. That is the truth.”

British singer George Michael performs on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris, on September 9, 2012. Sidaction is a charity event which aims to collect money for the struggle against AIDS virus. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA        (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)

It was also revealed last week that police had launched an investigation into how a 999 call, thought to be made by Fadi, was leaked to the media.

Two members of ambulance staff were interviewed by police as authorities sought to find the source of the leak.

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