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George Michael died of natural causes: Coroner

George Michael died of natural causes - namely heart disease and a fatty liver- a senior coroner for Oxfordshire has said.

The singer was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.

He was 53 years old and had suffered health scares and fought drug addiction for years.

There had been speculation that Michael, who rose to fame as the front man of Wham! and had chart-topping hits including Last Christmas and Freedom, died of heart failure.

Thames Valley Police said there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding the death.

On Tuesday, Oxfordshire's senior coroner Darren Salter said in a statement: "Inquiries into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post mortem 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."

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a disease of the heart muscle. It becomes stretched and thin, which affects how blood is able to pump around the body.

In some cases, it is an inherited condition. Otherwise, it is caused by things such as viral infections, uncontrolled high blood pressure, problems with the heart valves or excessive drinking.

Myocarditis is inflammation in or around the heart and is usually caused by a viral, bacterial or fungal infection.

Symptoms include pain or tightness in the chest which can spread to other parts of the body.

Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is caused by a build-up of fat in the liver and is usually seen in people who are overweight or obese.

A different type of fatty liver disease is caused by excessive drinking and is known as alcoholic fatty liver disease.

Michael's former partner Kenny Goss has previously said he believed the pop superstar's body "just gave up".

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