Monday 23 October 2017

Funeral a final farewell for tragic George Michael

Former Wham! star George Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day
Former Wham! star George Michael died aged 53 on Christmas Day
Fadi Fawaz and George Michael. Pic: Twitter
Floral tributes continue to be left outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after he died on Christmas Day aged 53.
Floral tributes outside George Michael's home following his death on Christmas Day
Fans have signed a petition calling for a statue of George Michael to be erected outside his house in Highgate, north London
Floral tributes outside George Michael's homes
Flowers from mourners continue to pile up outside George Michael’s north London home. Photo: PA
FANS’ FAREWELLS: Tributes outside George Michael’s house in Highgate, North London, following the singer’s death on Christmas Day. Photo: PA
Tributes left outside the house in Oxfordshire of George Michael yesterday following the singer's death Photo: Steve Parsons/PA Wire
Floral tributes outside George Michael's house in Goring-on-Thames
Candles are lit with messages, flowers and pictures of late British singer George Michael layed as tributes outside the singer's home in north London. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Candles and messages from fans pile up outside George’s home in the English village of Goring. (Photo by Jack Taylor/Getty Images)
Tributes outside George Michael's house in Highgate, North London, UK, following the singer's death
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

The funeral of George Michael took place on Wednesday, his publicist said.

The singer, who was found dead on Christmas Day, died of heart disease and a build-up of fat in his liver, a coroner confirmed at the beginning of March.

It was also confirmed there will not be an inquest because the 53-year-old Wham! star died of natural causes.

The singer's funeral took place on Wednesday, three months after his death.

File photo dated 16/09/99 of George Michael, who died of natural causes
File photo dated 16/09/99 of George Michael, who died of natural causes

It was a small, private ceremony and was attended by family and close friends.

Michael's boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, has not tweeted about the funeral but wrote "I miss you George" a few days ago.  

The coroner confirmed that Michael died from cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart muscle, affects how blood is able to pump around the body.

It can be an inherited condition or can be caused by viral infections, uncontrolled high blood pressure, problems with the heart valves or excessive drinking.

Floral tributes continue to be left outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after he died on Christmas Day aged 53.
Floral tributes continue to be left outside the home of George Michael in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, after he died on Christmas Day aged 53.

He also suffered from myocarditis, an inflammation in or around the heart, is usually caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection, while different types of fatty liver disease can be caused by obesity or excessive drinking.

Fadi had been questioned by police after an earlier post-mortem had come back as "inconclusive". He had also delivered conflicting accounts of what happened on the day of the singer's passing.

The hairdresser originally alleged he had spent the weekend at George's house, saying: "Everything had been very complicated recently, but George was looking forward to Christmas and so was I.”

But Fawaz then said he had slept in his car on Christmas Eve, before finding the singer dead on Christmas Day.

Fadi Fawaz and George Michael. Pic: Twitter
Fadi Fawaz and George Michael. Pic: Twitter

Fawaz also hit headlines when a series of posts appeared on his Twitter page, in which he appeared to allege that Michael had taken his own life.

He later said his account had been hacked, and shut down his profile in the wake of the incident.

FANS’ FAREWELLS: Tributes outside George Michael’s house in Highgate, North London, following the singer’s death on Christmas Day. Photo: PA
FANS’ FAREWELLS: Tributes outside George Michael’s house in Highgate, North London, following the singer’s death on Christmas Day. Photo: PA

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