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George Michael pictured 'happy and laughing' while drinking Espresso Martini in pub before death

Mirror logo Mirror 8/01/2017 Dan Warburton

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Smiling and joking, this exclusive snap shows George Michael on top form as he dined out with a pal just a few months ago.

The Sunday Mirror has obtained the previously unseen image of the star as he drank an Espresso Martini in his local pub.

George and the mystery friend were spotted laughing at images on a phone.

One onlooker said: “He’s obviously been painted in this gloomy way since his death, with the suggestion being that he was unhappy and depressed.

“But the George we saw was happy and laughing, he was in a good mood. He was with a friend and they were having a great time.

“I didn’t recognise the man he was with – it certainly wasn’t his boyfriend Fadi. It didn’t seem to be a date, there were no romantic gestures or any suggestion they were more than just friends.”

The picture was taken on July 22 at The Miller of Mansfield pub, just yards from George’s home in Goring, Oxfordshire.

The onlooker added: “We asked the waitress what he was drinking and she told us he always had an Espresso Martini cocktail. Everyone in the village liked George.”

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