Tuesday, a post-mortem evaluation was released, which reveals that pop icon singer George Michael died of natural causes related to liver and heart ailments.
A British coroner’s report found that Michael died after he suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver. The revelation was made by Darren Salter, Oxfordshire senior coroner.
On Christmas Day, 53-year-old George Michael was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire, England. At the time, local authorities deemed it an “unexplained but not suspicious” death.
An initial autopsy was conducted shortly after Micheal died. The cause of death was labeled inconclusive. However, Michael Lippman, the singer’s manager, told reporters the singer’s death was related to heart failure.
An inquest will not be held for Michael since he died of natural causes, Salter said on Tuesday.
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a medical issue where the heart’s ability to pump blood is reduced. Myocarditis refers to inflammation of the heart.
Michael’s body was discovered lying in bed by his partner Fadi Fawaz. Tweets from Fawaz’s Twitter account days after Michael’s passing suggested that the singer had committed suicide, but Fawaz quickly denied posting them and said his page had been hacked.
Fawaz, who had dated the singer since 2009, was questioned by police after finding Michael’s body but insisted he had not been accused of anything.
He posted several tweets shortly after Michael’s cause of death was announced.
Michael earned a tremendous following as a singer for the group Wham! and won two Grammys in his career. He is known for timeless hits like “Careless Whisper” and “Faith.”