George Michael’s cousin says he was ‘dragged back to the dark side’

George Michael’s cousin has said the star was “dragged to the dark side” by so-called friends in a new interview.

The star’s cousin, Andros Georgiou, says Michael had become ” a recluse” in his final years.

“He was a recluse for four years, in rehab for nearly three years,” Andros told the Victoria Derbyshire Show.

“I believe he was dragged back in to the dark side.

“I want to get to the truth of what happened, exactly what was in his blood at the time, who gave it to him, what did he have it again.”

Andros added: “I read that he’d done heroin for the last four or five months of his life.

“That is absolute rubbish. That is the one drug he would never touch.

“One thing is for sure, this was not suicide.

“He should of been looked after by his so-called friends.

“If I was around this would never of happened and I have to live with that.

“I am so sad as I am sure you all are as well.

“I have to pray the police come to the conclusion I have and justice will be served.”

The Wham! star died at his home on Christmas Day and was found by his partner, Fadi Fawaz.

Stars have been paying tribute to George since his death was announced, including Elton John who posted an emotional status on Facebook.

Michael’s acts of generosity have come to light since his passing.

His £100 million estate is to be split between his celebrity godchildren, it has been reported.

He donated large sums of money to a number of charities prior to his death, but it’s believed a large sum will now be split between charity, family, friends and the singer’s godchildren.

Spandau Ballet bassist and former EastEnders star Martin Kemp’s children, Roman and Harley, could be in line to inherit millions from the estate.

George introduced bandmate, Shirlie Holliman, to Martin in the ’80s with the pair marrying in 1988.

On Boxing Day, Martin said: “My whole family and I are devastated at the loss of our beautiful friend Yog! We will miss him so much! We are all heartbroken!”

Former Spice Girl Geri Horner named her baby after the star following the birth of her first son.

Geri posted a picture of the two on Instagram with the caption: “So, so sad RIP George.

“A dear friend, the kindest, most generous, talented person.”

The Mirror reports that money is also expected to be left to his sisters, Melanie and Yioda, his partner, Fadi, and his cousin, Andros’ two children – who he is also the godfather of.

George’s will is expected to leave big donations to charity.

These could include organisations he had supported for some time, such as; The Terrance Higgins Trust, Childline and Macmillan Cancer Support.

The star’s wealth is believed to include a number of properties around the world.

As well as his Oxfordshire home, valued at £5 million, he also owned a mansion in London, a property in Los Angeles and a beach house in Sydney.