Coroner: George Michael Died of Natural Causes

BERLIN - FEBRUARY 16: Singer George Michael poses at the "George Michael: A Different Story" Photocall during the 55th annual Berlinale International Film Festival on February 16, 2005 in Berlin, Germany. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

George Michael died of natural causes resulting from heart disease and fatty liver disease, according to a British coroner.

The official cause of death was listed as “dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver”—weakening of the left ventricle, inflammation of the heart muscle, and a type of liver disease caused by a buildup of fats.

The late Wham! singer and solo pop superstar died December 25, 2016 at age 53. His partner, Fadi Fawaz, said he discovered Michael “lying peacefully in bed” on Christmas Day.

The coroner’s report squares with Michael’s manager, who said in December that he died of heart failure. Michael’s past struggles with drugs and alcohol had led some to speculate on his cause of death. [AP]

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