More than two months after his tragic passing, George Michael’s cause of death has been revealed.
A British coroner released a statement regarding the late pop star’s death and it has been concluded that the Wham! singer died of natural causes, NBC reported.
“[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],” coroner Darren Salter revealed.
Dilated Cardiomyopathy is a condition where the left ventricle in the heart becomes enlarged — which prevents it from pumping blood — and Myocarditis causes the heart to become inflamed, which weakens the muscle. Fatty Liver is a condition that is caused by alcoholism and heavy drinking, or other health issues like obesity and diabetes.
The singer rose to fame in the early 1980s as part of the duo Wham! and he went on to have a successful solo career with hit songs like “Faith” and “Careless Whisper.” He passed away on Dec. 25, 2016, at 53-years-old. In the days following his death, fans and celebrities honored the beloved icon’s memory with tributes.
George Michael and his partner, Fadi Fawaz.
“George worked anonymously at a homeless shelter I was volunteering at,” fan Emilyne Mondo exclusively shared with Closer. “I’ve never told anyone. He asked we didn’t. That’s who he was.”
Even though he was a private person, he kept things like his charity work and his love life out of the public eye. But since his passing, his partner Fadi Fawaz opened up about what it was like to find George dead on Christmas morning.
“It’s a [Christmas] I will never forget, finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will never stop missing you.”