George Michael died from natural causes

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By Catherine Hardy  with REUTERS
George Michael died from natural causes

Tests have revealed that singer George Michael, who passed away on Christmas Day last year, died from natural causes including heart failure and liver disease.

Officials in the UK say there is no need for further inquiries into the death of the 53-year-old, who rose to stardom in the 1980s with his group Wham!, before embarking on a successful solo career.

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued,” Darren Salter, the Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire said in a statement.

What is dilated cardiomyopathy?

A heart condition that impairs the pumping of blood around the body.

Initial tests into the singer’s death were inconclusive.