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George Michael was “unrecognizable” in photos snapped just months before his sudden death Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images
BERLIN - FEBRUARY 16: Singer George Michael poses at the "George Michael: A Different Story" Photocall during the 55th annual Berlinale International Film Festival on February 16, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

According to reports, pop icon George Michael appeared to be “unrecognizable and overweight” in photos taken mere months before his death.

The photos that appeared in The Mirror and The Sun were reportedly taken in September and depict an overweight Michael dining with friends in Oxfordshire, U.K.

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According to Page Six, Michael became a recluse in the last few years and reportedly struggled with marijuana abuse. Last year, he checked himself in to a Swiss rehabilitation facility.

The singer died of heart failure and was found by his partner, Fadi Fawaz, on Christmas Day. He was only 53 years old.

Nicole is a content editor with Rare. 
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