April 7, 1998
"I'll show you mine, you show me yours, and then when you show me yours, I'm going to nick you!"
Ok, so he didn't die, but it's a story I find amusing, so I included it. George's big "whoops" came very close to professional suicide.
Findadeath.com friend EJ Fleming points this out: An interesting coincidence: Will Rogers Park, named for Will Rogers, whose most famous quote is, "I never met a man I didn't like..." You're sick enough to appreciate the humor in that...
According to the arrest report:
"On Tuesday April 7, 1998 at 14.50 hours officer Shan Davis # 353 was working plain clothes crime suppression in the area of Will Rogers Park, located at Canon Dr. and Lomitas Avenue in Beverly Hills, California.
Due to the increasing number of complaints of lewd activity in the men's restroom, we checked for any subjects loitering in the area. The officer saw George enter the men's restroom.
"As I walked into the restroom, I noticed the male subject standing at the urinal.
He turned and glanced in my direction. I walked into the stall and stood by the toilet with the stall door remaining open.
I began to simulate urinating. Michael stepped away from the urinal and walked over to the south wall, and looked into the stall toward my direction. I noticed that Michael was exposing his erect penis toward my direction, and began to masturbate, and with his left hand pulled his sweatpants down to his upper thigh revealing his buttocks (and that cleverly placed nicotine patch). He continued to masturbate as I walked past him, and left the restroom. I contacted my fellow officer, and arrested Michael as he exited the restroom."
A press statement was released by the Beverly Hills Police Dept.
George Michael was fined and sentenced to 180 hours of community service, at a local AIDS charity. He admitted publicly for the first time that he is a gay man. We were not shocked.