The final post-mortem shows the singer died of heart failure.

A coroner’s report has revealed that George Michael died of natural causes. The pop star suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire. The 53-year-old died on Christmas Day at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire.

Thames Valley Police originally said his death was unexplained but not suspicious. An initial post-mortem examination was “inconclusive”.

The coroner said in a statement: “Inquiries 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.”

The singer’s family had refused to comment on the circumstances surrounding his death after a series of tweets from Michael’s boyfriend, Fadi Fawaz, suggested that the death may have been a suicide. [via BBC News]
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