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George Michael died of natural causes, coroner finds

George Michael died of natural causes, coroner finds

It has been confirmed by a coroner that George Michael died of natural causes.

The Wham! singer and pop phenomenon died on Christmas day 2016 at the age of 53 due to a heart condition.

In a statement, Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, said: “Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final postmortem 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.”

A dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart’s ability to pump blood is decreased due to the left ventricle being enlarged and weakened. This can be hereditary, due to problems with blood pressure or heart valves, or down to excessive drinking and recreational drug use.

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