George Michael Died Of Natural Causes

The post-mortem had previously been deemed "inconclusive"

George Michael died of natural causes, a coroner has ruled after the first post-mortem examination was found to be "inconclusive" by Thames Valley Police in December.

The 53-year-old pop legend was found dead at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. He suffered a dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, the BBC reports.

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The coroner said in a statement: "Inquires 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."

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According to the British Heart Foundation, dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is "a disease of your heart muscle where it becomes stretched and thin," which means the organ is unable to pump blood around the body efficiently.

Myocarditis refers to inflammation of the heart muscle while non-alcoholic fatty liver disease is the term used for a range of conditions caused by a build-up of fat in the liver.

The confirmation of Michael's cause of death comes after the singer's family strongly denied that there were any "suspicious circumstances surrounding his death" following much tabloid speculation.

"Contrary to some reports, there were no suspicious circumstances surrounding his death, and from the bottom of our hearts we thank those who, rightly, have chosen to celebrate his life and legacy at this most distressing of times," the statement from Michael's read.