George Michael died of heart disease and a fatty liver.
These are the results of a coroner’s report that was released Tuesday morning in England.
More specifically, Darren Salter, a senior coroner from the Oxfordshire county, said that Michael had dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver which contributed to his death, NBC News reports.
“[Inquiries] into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem report received,” he stated.
“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].”
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According to Medicine Net, dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition where the left ventricle of the heart becomes stretched and weakened, reducing its ability to pump blood effectively.
People who have dilated cardiomyopathy often don’t have symptoms or have very minor symptoms. If symptoms do appear, they normally include swelling of lower limbs, weight gain, fainting, shortness of breath, fatigue, and heart failure.
The Mayo Clinic describes myocarditis as an inflammation of the central layer of the heart wall which can disturb the heart’s muscle cells and its electric system.
Now that the “Careless Whisper” singer’s cause of death has been revealed, it’s probably safe to say that a funeral for the late musician and cultural icon will be scheduled soon.
As the Inquisitr previously reported, Michael’s body had not been buried yet because of the investigation into his death.
At the time the singer’s friend’s spoke about how the delayed funeral meant that they had not been able to have closure surrounding the untimely passing.
“We’ve not had closure. It’s difficult for me. It’s difficult for everyone. It’s a limbo period and we need to be able to move on,” said Andrew Ridgeley, Michael’s former Wham! bandmate and friend at the Brit Awards (BRITS).
At the BRITS, Ridgely spoke lovingly about his deceased colleague and friend. Attendees later said that he struggled to keep his emotions in check.
“A supernova in a ferment of shining stars had been extinguished, and it felt like the sky had fallen in,” he said in tribute to Michael.
“We larked around and laughed a lot, we were the best of friends. George’s contribution to the great archive of contemporary music rests alongside the immortals.”
Singer Shirley Kemp added the following.
“George has left for us in his songs, in the transcendental beauty of his voice, and poetic expression of his soul, the very best of himself. I loved him and in return, we, you, have been loved. George was like a brother to me. And will always be. His wonderful way with words spoke to everyone. And his beautiful voice will live on forever as a gift to us all.”
According to The Sun, George Michael’s funeral is now expected to take place in late March. He will reportedly have two funerals — one for his relatives and another for his large circle of friends. According to The Sun, Sir Elton John could end up performing a tribute at one of the funerals.
John, who was close friends with George Michael, broke down in tears while speaking about the singer during a show in Las Vegas.
“I only wish George was here to sing it with me,” Sir Elton said before singing their 1991 collaboration “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me.”
A source who was in attendance told the media that John was physically shaken after performing the tribute.
“After he sang for George, he turned his back on the audience and was shaking and looked like he was crying. I was in tears and so was everyone around me,” they said.
Singer and songwriter George Michael passed away in 2016 at his home.
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