British singer George Michael poses for photographers before a news conference at the Royal Opera House in central London May 11, 2011.   Photo by Stefan Wermuth via Reuters
British singer George Michael poses before a news conference at the Royal Opera House in central London on May 11, 2011. Photo by Stefan Wermuth via Reuters
Singer George Michael died of natural causes, a British coroner said on Tuesday, finding that heart failure and liver disease caused the pop star’s death on Christmas Day last year.

The coroner said that there was no need for further inquiries into the death of Michael, 53, who rose to stardom in the 1980s with Wham! before a successful solo career.

The singer’s partner, Fadi Fawaz, was relieved he was no longer under suspicion, saying: “Truth is out!”

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being Dilated Cardiomyopathy with Myocarditis and Fatty Liver, the investigation is being discontinued,” Darren Salter, the Senior Coroner for Oxfordshire, said in a statement.

Dilated cardiomyopathy is a heart condition that impairs the pumping of blood around the body.

George Michael performs on stage during his “Symphonica” tour concert in Vienna Sept. 4, 2012. Photo by Heinz-Peter Bader via Reuters
The initial autopsy into the singer’s death had been inconclusive, though his manager had said previously that he had died of heart failure.

The Standard newspaper said: “The pop star’s other half, who found the singer dead in his Goring-on-Thames home, claims he has been bombarded with abuse for two months.”

Fawaz said: “All the nasty comments, press and 999 were very cruel and unnecessary whatsoever, Now I hope to receive some real LOVE x.”

“Wham! were one of the most successful pop duos of the mid 1980s, with singles such as “”Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,” “Last Christmas,” “”Careless Whisper”, and “Young Guns (Go For It!)”

— Reuters contributed to this report

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