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More tests to figure out cause of death for George Michael

Last Updated Dec 30, 2016 at 3:39 pm MDT

Tributes are left on the gate outside the home of British musician George Michael in London, Monday, Dec. 26, 2016. George Michael, who rocketed to stardom with WHAM! and went on to enjoy a long and celebrated solo career lined with controversies, has died, his publicist said Sunday. He was 53. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Singer died on Christmas Day at the age of 53

Police say the death is unexplained but not suspicious in nature

LONDON (NEWS 1130) – Police in the UK say an initial autopsy of George Michael has been “inconclusive” and more tests must be carried out to establish a cause of death. Thames Valley Police say the results of further tests will not be known for several weeks.

Michael’s death on Christmas Day is being treated as “unexplained but not suspicious.” This is an indication that police found no evidence of foul play.

The 53-year-old’s manager said the singer died of apparent heart failure at his country home on Christmas Day.
The post-mortem examination was conducted yesterday.

Michael, who was born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou in north London, enjoyed immense popularity early in his career as a teenybopper idol, delivering a series of hits such as ‘Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go,’ ‘Young Guns (Go For It)’ and ‘Freedom.’

As a solo artist, he developed into a more serious singer and songwriter, lauded by critics for his tremendous vocal range.

Michael, with startling good looks and an easy stage manner, formed the boy band WHAM! with his school friend Andrew Ridgeley in the early 1980’s. Helped by MTV, the cheerful duo easily crossed the Atlantic to become popular in the United States.