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George Michael to be 'buried next to beloved mum' in family's private plot

Mirror logo Mirror 28/12/2016 Zoe Shenton

Credits: copyright Unknown © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: copyright Unknown Late music icon George Michael is to be buried next to his beloved mum in the family's private plot, it has been reported.

The star is being mourned by millions of fans all over the world after he died “peacefully in his sleep” from heart failure on Christmas Day.

It's believed he will be laid to rest in Highgate, North London, next to his mum Lesley Angold Panayiotou who passed away from cancer aged 60 in 1997.

Her death had a huge impact on the musician and friends and family have told how he is now "finally at rest" with her.

"Everyone in the family is struggling to take it in but at least he is finally at rest with his mum now," the sister of George’s former best friend Andros Georgiou told The Sun.

“George Michael’s family have a private plot where his mother is buried - and there is currently space within it for further burials," a cemetery insider added.

Credits: Hulton Archive © Provided by Trinity Mirror Plc Credits: Hulton Archive It comes as his friends and family hit out at at a report claiming he was hooked on heroin when he died.

A report in the Daily Telegraph quoted a source claiming George was “battling a spiralling heroin addiction” and had been treated for an overdose.

But a family source said: “The suggestion George was suffering with heroin addiction or used it in the weeks before his death is entirely false.

“Fans have been celebrating his life and there’s no place for such unpleasant and false ­allegations. There were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death.

“The police have told us that directly.”

A statement on behalf of George’s family also made it clear they felt drugs were not directly to blame for his death.

Released by George’s long-term publicist Connie Filippello, it said: “Contrary to some reports there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death and from the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times.”

The statement also told how the star’s family had been “touched beyond words” by the “incredible outpouring of love”.

It added: “For someone whose life was ultimately about his music and the love he had for his family and friends, his fans and the world, there could be no more fitting tribute than the many, many, kind words that have been said and numerous plays his records have received.”

George’s use of drugs, including cannabis and crack cocaine, has been well documented.

Last year he attended the world’s most expensive rehab clinic.

But even three months of treatment at the Kusnacht Practice, near Zurich, at a cost of £600,000, was not thought to have been entirely successful.

But Kyriakos Pourikou, the husband of George’s cousin Katerina, said it was difficult for the family to hear people dig up bad things about the singer.

He said: “We’re hearing old stories again and again. If you know him he’s different. You hear the bad things about him but it’s part of being a rock star.”

He also said that the rumours about heroin were not true, adding: “I’ve never seen that, we’re family. Did I ever see him on drugs? Not while we’ve been together.”

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