NEW YORK (FOX5NY) - Legendary musician Nile Rodgers of hit band 'Chic' was working with 80s icon George Michael on a comeback record two days before Michael died.
"I didn't want to send it (the music) to him. I had too much respect to send it to the record company. So he said 'I will call you on Christmas.' I flew back home Christmas Eve. Christmas, I'm sitting in the movie theater waiting for his call back and an alert comes across the screen, George Michael found dead. Unreal," said Rodgers.
The longtime friends were admirers of each other's work. The pair even performed together.
"In 1985 I won the number one producer of the year. I never knew George Michael was number two. I never knew he produced all of his own stuff. He found out I was going to be in London and he called me up and said I'm doing a film, I'm on a comeback trail. I go to his house and start reading all these articles and that they're all about me. That he loved Chic and Stevie Wonder," said Rodgers.
Michael was 53 years old when he died on December 25, 2016. The former Wham! singer’s death was reported to be due to heart failure.
"They've never said the definitive thing. But it seems, I guess, it was a drug-related thing. He had said to me that he had just gotten his driver's license back. But sometimes when you have problems like that you say 'I'm free, I can go out and do whatever i want," said Rodgers.