George Michael was addicted to ‘date rape’ drug GHB and 'lived in a haze', reveals new book

The ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker was found dead on Christmas Day 2016 at his home northwest of London


                            George Michael was addicted to ‘date rape’ drug GHB and 'lived in a haze', reveals new book
George Michael died at the age of 53 (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)
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George Michael’s death in 2016 was a tragic one and his final years largely involved illegal substances especially the “date rape” drug GHB, as revealed by a new biography on the late crooner. The book called 'George Michael: A Life' has been penned by James Gavin that will see the light of the day on June 28.
 
According to Page Six, the biography revealed that the late British singer-songwriter “lived in a haze” after he wrapped up his 25 Live Tour in 2008. The ‘Careless Whisper’ hitmaker, for the uninitiated, was found dead on Christmas Day 2016 at his home northwest of London. He was 53. The cause of George Michael’s death was heart disease, dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis along with a fatty liver.
 
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Singer George Michael performs on stage at "Live 8 London" in Hyde Park on July 2, 2005 in London, England. (Photo by MJ Kim/Getty Images)

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Was George Michael into “date rape” drug in his final years?

According to Page Six, James Gavin in the biography revealed about the late singer’s usual routine in his final years. Gavin wrote, “He slept until mid-afternoon then stayed high on pot for almost every waking moment” adding, “He sat at his computer playing video games, binge-watched TV, arranged GHB-fueled trysts and took midnight joints to [Hampstead] Heath” (one of the most notable gay cruising areas in Europe). According to reports, the “date rape” drug GHB made the singer crave fatty food that led to his weight gain ultimately causing him a liver disease.
 
 

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‘For Michael, GHB seemed heaven-sent’

In the book, James Gavin further sheds light on George Michael’s reason behind using GHB. “For Michael, GHB seemed heaven-sent,” writes Gavin adding, “Apart from fueling his sexual compulsiveness, it made a depressed and self-loathing man feel attractive.” Gavin further explained, “It brought joy where there was little. GHB gave him confidence on Hampstead Heath and with the most intimidatingly sexy escorts.” Shedding light on how the drug destroyed the singer, the author stated, “But it also took him to a frightening new level of self-destruction. GHB is more addictive than meth, and riskier in all varieties.”
 
 

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Former Wham! singer George Michael leaves Brent Magistrates Court after pleading guilty to a charge of driving while unfit through drugs on May 8, 2007 in London. He appeared under his real name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

 

 

When George Michael was found unconscious in his bathtub

In February 2006, George was found “semi-conscious and mumbling” in his Mercedes that was parked diagonally across a traffic lane less than two miles from his Regent’s Park home. His search revealed marijuana and GHB in his possession. According to the new biography, George Michael started getting frequent panic attacks by 2014. He also experienced bloating from overeating. In another incident, the book reveals that on May 30, the ‘I Want Your Sex’ singer was found unconscious in his bathtub in Highgate by an unknown individual. It was apparently a GHB overdose.  After the horrific incident, George Michael got pushed by his friends to join a rehab but “ultimately a psychiatrist talked him into it”, according to the book.

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English singer-songwriter George Michael (1963 - 2016) of pop duo Wham at the Ivor Novello Awards, UK, 14th March 1985. (Photo by D. Morrison/Daily Express/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

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