A coroner revealed Monday that George Michael died of natural causes due to a heart condition.
Michael’s sudden death at age 53 on Dec. 25, 2016 stunned the world, and an initial autopsy report released days later ruled the cause of death was “inconclusive” while police said that his death was “being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.” After more tests were done, Oxfordshire senior coroner Darren Salter ruled that Michael died from “Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Myocarditis and Fatty Liver.
In a statement, Salter said that with these results the investigation into Michael’s death was complete.
“Enquires 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. No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”
According to the Mayo Clinic, Dilated Cardiomyopathy affects the heart muscle and causes the left ventricle to stretch and thin. It can be life-threatening for some—and most common among men ages 20-60—and is cited as a common cause of heart failure. Myocarditis is commonly caused by a viral infection and affects the heart’s ability to pump blood. Fatty Liver can occur among those who drink heavily but can also be caused by type 2 diabetes and obesity.
Prior to Michael’s cause of death being revealed, his publicist said that Michael died of heart failure.