Even though the police called George Michael’s death as “unexplained but not suspicious,” suspicions and speculations hound Fadi Fawaz.
From the very start when George Michael’s death was announced, the Thames Valley Police called his death as “unexplained but not suspicious.”
However, it did not stop the press from speculating on the cause of George’s death, with Fadi as prime scapegoat material. The newspapers were trying to portray Fadi as the bad guy by printing almost on a daily basis rumors, conspiracies and speculations over what happened.
The False Claim that Case was Given to Major Crime Unit
One wrong information printed by the press was that the investigation was taken over by the Major Crime Unit. On January 5, 2017, The Sun reported that the Major Crime Unit was now involved in the investigation of the death of George Michael.
The tabloid said that “detectives from the Thames Valley Police Major Crime Unit, whose cases include rapes and murders, have now been called into the probe after a post-mortem proved inconclusive.”
This prompted the Thames Valley Police to contradict the media reports and to issue a clarification statement.
Fadi Interviewed by the Police
Fadi was interviewed by the police more than once, and the Mirror reported that he was “quizzed for a marathon FIVE hours over the final hours of the singer’s life.”
As the statement from the police reads, the interview was “standard practice in cases such as this to allow the coroner to determine the circumstances of the death.” Fadi was among those interviewed by the police, which included a paparazzi agency, as they gathered evidence for the coroner’s inquest. He said that:
The police have been amazing. They have been supportive. They have done what normally happens when someone dies. They have not been accusing me, never; they have been very supportive.’
It is important to note that Fadi has never been declared a police suspect. He was not charged with anything even after the full questioning by police.
In this sense, the February 4 Daily Mail article that Fadi is said to be “in the clear” is misleading. The police cannot clear someone they never accused of in the first place.
The paper reported that Fadi is “no longer part of their investigation into the singer’s death.” The biggest implication is that the police has found that no foul play was involved in the death of George. The Thames Valley Police was “satisfied that there are no suspicious circumstances.”
This means that Fadi’s account to the police – including his whereabouts when George Michael died and why he slept in the car – has checked out. As he said
The police know everything. That’s the most important thing.”
While the police have found no evidence of any wrongdoing, it has not stopped people online from accusing Fadi of criminal behavior. Here are some accusatory posts from Twitter users (including those claiming to be George Michael fans):
Even a journalist who writes for The New York Times, Ji Hyun Lee, flat-out accused Fadi as “a killer” on Twitter.