George Michael’s longtime friend and Sirius XM DJ Richard Blade spoke to “Extra” Senior Music Correspondent Adam Weissler following George's death on Christmas Day.
Along with talking about Michael’s younger days as Wham!'s frontman, Blade also commented on his past drug use, saying, “Throughout the years, George experimented with drugs, and he did like to party, but I never saw him do it in public. His personal demons were done in private. He wasn’t one of these artists that doesn’t care about you and doesn’t care about the other people in the room… whatever was his burden, he did it in private. He did it away from people. He didn’t want to put it on them.”
Blade went on to say, “He was way too young to die. Perhaps it was something... personally, I hope it was something inside – a complete accident as with Alan Thicke."