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The cause of death of George Michael is still unclear as a post-mortem examination was “inconclusive”, British police have said.

George Michael died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day at his home in London.

More tests will now be carried out to determine what led to the superstar’s death, Thames Valley Police said in a statement. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks.

George Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.

The post-mortem examination took place on December 29.

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The ambulance was called to George Michael’s property at 13:42 GMT on Christmas Day and the singer was confirmed dead at the scene. Thames Valley Police also attended.

George Michael’s partner Fadi Fawaz said he had found the singer lying “peacefully in bed”.

Fadi Fawaz told The Daily Telegraph: “I went round there to wake him up and he was just gone. We don’t know what happened yet.”

George Michael’s manager, Michael Lippman, said the singer had died of heart failure.

Fans have been lighting candles and leaving handwritten cards outside his home in Highgate, north London.

George Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, sold more than 100 million albums throughout a career spanning almost four decades.


George Michael was involved in a crash in his Range Rover during rush hour on the M1 motorway near St Albans, Hertfordshire, UK, on Thursday.

George Michael, 49, was recovering last night after being airlifted to hospital with a head injury following the accident.

An ambulance crew was so concerned at the singer’s condition that a helicopter was summoned, and the motorway was closed for half an hour while it landed to take George Michael away.

Although the ambulance service said he suffered a head injury, George Michael was well enough to be discharged from hospital last night.

No other vehicle was involved in the incident, which happened just before 6 p.m. near the junction with the M25.

George Michael’s spokesman Connie Filippello said: “George Michael was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic accident, no third party was involved. He is being treated for superficial cuts and bruises but is fine. We have no further comment at this time.”

George Michael was involved in a crash in his Range Rover during rush hour on the M1 motorway near St Albans, Hertfordshire

George Michael was involved in a crash in his Range Rover during rush hour on the M1 motorway near St Albans, Hertfordshire

The singer, who has enjoyed a successful solo career since finding fame in the 1980s duo Wham!, is banned from driving.

In 2010, George Michael he was jailed for eight weeks for crashing a Range Rover into a shop in north London while under the influence of drugs.

He was also disqualified from driving for five years, having served a two-year ban imposed in 2006 when he was convicted of driving while on drugs after being found slumped in his Mercedes.

Speaking at the singer’s home in Highgate, North London, last night, George Michael’s boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, 39, said: “He is perfectly fine. Of course I was worried, but I have spoken to him and he is good.
“He suffered a few bruises but there is nothing to worry about. I have no idea what happened, I wasn’t there.”

Hertfordshire Police said: “The exact circumstances of what happened are unclear at this time, and until further investigations have been carried out it would be inappropriate for us to comment further.”

An East of England Ambulance Service spokesman said that a 49-year-old man “sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilization and immobilization by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care”.

Only 18 months ago, George Michael – real name Georgios Panayiotou – spent a month fighting for his life in an Austrian hospital after a severe bout of pneumonia. George Michael fell ill while preparing for a concert in Vienna, and needed a tracheotomy to keep him breathing when he slipped into a coma.