Friday 23 June 2017

Coroner confirms George Michael 'died of natural causes'

Former Wham! star George Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day
Former Wham! star George Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day

George Michael died of natural causes, a coroner has confirmed.

The music icon died of natural causes - dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver - Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire has said.

The singer died aged 53 on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames.

Thames Valley Police initially said that his death was unexplained but not suspicious.

An initial post-mortem examination was "inconclusive".

The coroner said in a statement: "Inquires into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

"As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.

"No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy."

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