George Michael's partner says singer was an 'extremely kind and generous man'

Since his death on Christmas day, it has emerged Michael had been a secret donor to many charities

George Michael's partner says singer was an 'extremely kind and generous man'

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George Michael's partner has called the singer a "kind and generous man" after describing how he found him dead in his bed.

Fadi Fawaz said he made the terrible discovery after arriving at the musician's home to wake him ahead of a planned Christmas Day lunch.

Mr Fawaz revealed his devastation as it emerged that Michael had been a secret donor to many charities, giving millions of euro. 

The man with a reputation for self-indulgence donated to charities involved with helping children, cancer victims and AIDS sufferers.

He was also remembered for other acts of kindness - volunteering at a homeless shelter and giving a stranger money for IVF treatment after seeing her on Deal or No Deal.

Mr Fawaz, who began seeing the star following his split from Kenny Goss, said Michael had been looking forward to Christmas.

He told The Daily Telegraph: "I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone, lying peacefully in bed. We don't know what happened yet.

"Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas, and so was I.

"Now everything is ruined. I want people to remember him the way he was - he was a beautiful person."

He also tweeted: 

Michael's former partner Mr Goss said he was devastated at the death, which is being treated by police as "unexplained but not suspicious".

In a statement Mr Goss said: "I'm heartbroken with the news that my dear friend and long-time love George Michael has passed.

"He was a major part of my life and I loved him very, very much. He was an extremely kind and generous man.

"The beautiful memories and music he brought to the world will always be an important part of my life and those who also loved and admired him."

Michael's manager Michael Lippman said it was believed he had died from heart failure.

Details of Michael's quiet acts of philanthropy emerged in the hours after his death. 

Childline founder Esther Rantzen said Michael gave royalties from his 1996 hit Jesus To A Child to the charity.

"Over the years he gave us millions," she said. "We were planning next year, as part of our 30th anniversary celebrations to create ... a big concert in tribute to him."

She said Michael was determined no-one outside the charity should know how much he gave to the nation's most vulnerable children.

The singer - whose real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou - sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career.

Irish Independent journalist and music critic John Meaghar says George Michael was legendarily generous.

Speaking to Newstalk Breakfast, he explained the IVF story.

"It's an astonishing story - the person in question needed £15,000, and the next day he phoned up the producers and paid it. That person did not find out until yesterday who the mystery donor was."