George Michael‘s family is “truly appalled” after an emergency 999 call placed by the singer’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, on the day Michael died leaked online. In a statement, the family’s lawyers urged for the “culprit(s) to be dealt with appropriately,” BBC reports.
“George’s family and friends are extremely upset and truly appalled that such a personal, painful and clearly confidential recording has been leaked,” the statement continued. “We firmly believe that anyone contacting the emergency authorities in situations such as this should be entitled to expect that recordings will not be released to the media, and it is deeply distressing to the family that this transcript, and audio recording, has been made public.”
South Central Ambulance Service, which handled the call, reportedly launched an investigation into the leak. A spokeswoman for the company stressed that they “take matters of confidentiality very seriously.”
In the call, a man alleged to be Fawaz tells the dispatcher that Michael is “cold,” “blue” and “stiff,” adding, “I’ve been trying to wake him up for the last hour, but it’s not possible. He’s gone.”
The pop icon and former Wham! singer died of apparent heart failure on Christmas Day at his country home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, England. An initial autopsy conducted that month was ruled “inconclusive,” and additional tests were deemed necessary. An official cause of death has yet to be revealed.
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