Coroner confirms George Michael’s cause of death

On Tuesday, a senior coroner confirmed George Michael died of natural causes.

The pop icon, found dead on Christmas Eve last year at the age of 53, died due to a combination of liver and heart problems.

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According to Darren Salter, Oxfordshire’s senior coroner:

“Inquiries into the death of George Michael have 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 inquiries.

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

Following his death, the initial post-mortem by Thames Valley Police was “inconclusive,” but was “still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”

In his lifetime, the “Father Figure” singer sold an estimated 80 million records worldwide. He scored eight #1 hits on the US Billboard Hot 100.

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Michael’s lover Fadi Fawaz, who became a target for all sorts of tabloid speculation in the wake of the pop star’s death, broke his silence with a string of emotional Tweets on Tuesday morning: