Sordid tales of sex in public with strangers, long-term drug abuse and being haunted by death – George Michael had a long and successful career – but he faced his fair share of scandal as well.
He carved out an international name for himself, but brushes with the law and tales of his drug use increasingly made more impact than his musical output.
It all began at the age of eight, when a head injury gave George a new found obsession with music.
His sex life also hit the headlines on a number of occasions.
He was once the hottest of all teen heart-throbs, with his picture adorning the walls of teenage girls’ bedrooms around the world.
But that all changed in 1998