Late singer ‘hooked on antidepressants’
A FORMER lover of George Michael has claimed the singer told him he was addicted to antidepressant pills.
Former lover Carlos Arturo Ortiz believes an overdose may have been the cause of the singer’s death at his home in Oxfordshire, England, on Christmas Day after he previously confessed to being hooked on prescription medication.
He said: “(I thought) something was going to happen to him. I had an intuitive feeling about it last year. And it seems very coincidental to me that he was found dead on Christmas Day because he told me he hated Christmas as there were never any children around. For me it is, sadly, a possibility he may have overdosed.
“George’s death knocked me sideways, although it didn’t surprise me. I found him a lovely down-to-earth man, but also very melancholic.
“He told me he was addicted to antidepressant medicine and trying to wean himself off it, and said he was unhappy. “We talked about his superstar status and I told him I thought that with his fame and talent and money, he had all he needed to be happy in life. But when he started talking about the antidepressants he took, I asked him if he was happy and he replied ‘No, I’m not’.”
The pair met after making contact on a website while Michael was in Sydney.
Arturo said: “I had just come in from a night out when I turned on my computer and saw a message from someone with George Michael’s profile and pictures, saying he found me very sexy.
“It wasn’t until I turned up at his hotel and he opened the door in his pyjama bottoms and bare-chested that I was sure it was him. It was a wonderful feeling meeting a man whose songs I loved.
“We made love and started talking while he ordered pink Champagne to the room.
“All he drank apart from the Champagne was Coca-Cola.