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George Michael's funeral details will be 'kept secret'





George Michael's funeral details will be 'kept secret' George Michael's funeral details will be 'kept secret'
  • Wham! singer was found dead in his country home on Christmas Day last year
  • 53-year-old had suffered health scares and fought drug addictions for years
  • A coroner has now said he died from natural causes and there will be no inquest
  • Body has now been released to his family, who are planning a private funeral 

The details of George Michael's funeral are to be kept under wraps after his family and friends decided to organise a private service. 

An announcement on Monday stated that the 53-year-old Wham! star died from a disease of the heart muscle and a fatty liver, meaning an inquest into his death is not needed.

The revelation means that, more than two months after his death, Michael's body has finally been returned to his family ahead of a planned funeral.

The funeral had been delayed after an initial post-mortem examination was said to have been 'inconclusive'. 

 George Michael died of natural causes with a weakened heart and fatty liver, a coroner said

George Michael died of natural causes with a weakened heart and fatty liver, a coroner said

It also means it is unlikely a full toxicology report will ever be released.

The Daily Star reports a representative for the star refused to comment on 'private matters' when asked if funeral details would be released soon.

Meanwhile a recorded message for Highgate Cemetery, where the singer's mother is buried, states: 'If you're phoning about George Michael, I'm sorry we haven't got any information for you.' 

On Monday the singer's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who found him dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames on Christmas Day, took to Twitter shortly after the coroner's statement, tweeting: 'F*** YOU' and 'The Truth is out'.

 On Monday the singer's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz took to Twitter shortly after the coroner's statement, tweeting: 'F*** YOU' and 'The Truth is out'

On Monday the singer's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz took to Twitter shortly after the coroner's statement, tweeting: 'F*** YOU' and 'The Truth is out'

Fawaz has come under fire from some fans since the singer's death and his Twitter account was said have been hacked before comments were posted suggesting Michael had wanted to take his own life. The 999 call he made was also leaked.

Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, said on Monday: '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 enquiries.'  

Toxicology tests were also ordered to determine whether drugs contributed to his death, but Monday's statement means only his family are likely to see the results. 

 
 Following the announcement, Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz tweeted 'F*** YOU' and 'The Truth is out', next to a picture of him and the star together

Following the announcement, Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz tweeted 'F*** YOU' and 'The Truth is out', next to a picture of him and the star together

 The star's death on Christmas Day led to a huge outpouring of emotion among fans and friends

The star's death on Christmas Day led to a huge outpouring of emotion among fans and friends

 A sea of flowers were placed outside his homes in Goring-on-Thames and in London 

A sea of flowers were placed outside his homes in Goring-on-Thames and in London 

Michael, whose hits including Last Christmas and Freedom, had suffered health scares and fought drug addiction for years.

Tweets posted on the account of Fawaz had suggested the star had previously tried to take his own life. But Fawaz later insisted his account had been hacked.

The former hairdresser, who dated Michael for five years, had been questioned by police as they tried to piece together the final hours of the star's life.

He is understood to have said he spent Christmas Eve with the singer, but fell asleep in his car that night, only discovering Michael was dead when he went to wake him the following morning. 

 Michael, pictured in 2012, was found dead by his boyfriend Fadi FawazMichael, pictured in 2013, was found dead by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz 

Michael, pictured (left) in 2012 and (right) in 2013, was found dead by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz

 Michael's former boyfriend Kenny Goss (left) has previously said the star's body 'just gave up'

Michael's former boyfriend Kenny Goss (left) has previously said the star's body 'just gave up'

 Michael found fame with Wham! before building a successful career as a solo artist

Michael found fame with Wham! before building a successful career as a solo artist

Michael's cousin, Andros Georgiou, had said he suspected the singer died of an accidental drugs overdose and former lover Paul Stag claimed he had been hooked on a drug called Liquid G.

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

Speaking earlier this month, he said: 'I can't say for sure but I think his body just gave up. All these years, it was just weak.' 

Dilated cardiomyopathy, identified as a cause of Michael's death, is a disease of the heart muscle 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 and problems with the heart valves.

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

The third condition listed by the coroner, fatty liver disease, can be 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. 

 The singer, pictured in 2010, had previously battled drug addictionsThe singer, pictured in 2005, had previously battled drug addictions 

The singer, pictured (left) in 2010 and (right) in 2005, had previously battled drug addictions

 The house where the singer died became a place of pilgrimage for fans after his death

The house where the singer died became a place of pilgrimage for fans after his death

 Flowers filled the streets where the singer liked to walk and was often seen in church

Flowers filled the streets where the singer liked to walk and was often seen in church

What is myocarditis?

Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. There are no specific causes of the condition but viruses are usually responsible. 

It could be triggered by infections such as measles, chickenpox and the flu, or even more dangerous ones, including HIV.

Complications can develop quickly, and can include an abnormal heart beat or even organ failure. 

There's no reason why someone with an infection may develop myocarditis - it is often a case of bad luck.

'It is the most common cause of sudden adult death,' explained consultant cardiologist Dr Nigel Durham of York Hospital previously.

 

In most cases, the illness goes away and there are no complications - but in very severe situations it can be fatal.

It can lead to dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) - where the heart muscle become stretched and thin and is unable to pump blood efficiently.

Around a third of DCM sufferers inherit the condition from their parents, but taking cocaine, amphetamines and alcohol are known causes.

HIV and high blood pressure are two other common risk factors. 

WHAT ABOUT FATTY LIVER DISEASE? 

Fatty liver disease is a condition in which fat builds up in the cells of your liver. 

The main cause is from drinking too much alcohol over a long period of time, but a poor diet is another common risk factor.

It can lead to cirrhosis - irreversible scarring of the liver which affects the organ's ability to work properly - which can be life-threatening. 

Source: BUPA, BHF 


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