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.