Pop Star George Michael Died of Natural Causes: Coroner | NBC 10 Philadelphia

Pop Star George Michael Died of Natural Causes: Coroner

He sold well over 100 million albums globally, earned numerous Grammy and American Music Awards, and recorded duets with legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John

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    Memorials are growing outside the home of George Michael as fans, "absolutely devastated" by the pop superstar's death, bring flowers, candles, tears and recollections of how his songs touched their lives. (Published Monday, Dec. 26, 2016)

    A British coroner says George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver.

    Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, says a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver."

    Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart's ability to pump blood is limited, while myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.

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    Michael died at his home in Oxfordshire county, southern England, on Dec. 25. He was 53. An initial autopsy failed to determine the cause of death.

    Salter said Tuesday that because Michael died of natural causes, no inquest will be held.

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    British singer George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said on Sunday. He was 53.
    (Published Sunday, Dec. 25, 2016)

    He sold well over 100 million albums globally, earned numerous Grammy and American Music Awards, and recorded duets with legends like Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti and Elton John.

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    Michael's former partner Kenny Goss told NBC Dallas-Fort Worth last month that he still feels the pop star's presence.

    "I'm always asking him questions. Like coming to do this interview, I'm like, 'Darlin' I hope this is OK,' because he's really private," Goss said.