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George Michael Laid To Rest Three Months After His Death

 

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FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France. 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, Dec. 25, 2016. He was 53. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)© The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael performs at a concert to raise money for the AIDS charity Sidaction, during the Symphonica tour at Palais Garnier Opera house in Paris, France. Michael…

Three months after his death on Christmas Day, George Michael was laid to rest Wednesday in an intimate ceremony.

“We can confirm that the funeral of the singer George Michael took place today. Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend,” a rep for the singer tells PEOPLE in a statement.

“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support. We ask that the family’s wish for privacy be respected so that they can continue to live their lives privately, away from any media intrusion. No further details will be released.”

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A source tells PEOPLE Michael was buried in London at Highgate Ceremony next to his beloved mother, Lesley, who died 20 years ago.

The burial comes almost three weeks after the legendary singer’s cause of death was revealed to be dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to the senior coroner for Oxfordshire, Darren Salter.

Dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease of the heart, occurs when the left ventricle stretches and fails to effectively pump blood, according to the Mayo Clinic. As the muscle becomes weaker, heart failure can occur. Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart usually caused by a viral infection.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. A British coroner said Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver. Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, says a post-mortem has found that the singer died of "dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver." Michael died at his home in southern England, on Dec. 25, 2016. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)© The Associated Press FILE – In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael sings in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. A British coroner said Tuesday, March 7, 2017, that George Michael died of natural ca…  

As the death was determined to be the result of natural causes, Thames Valley Police stated that they would close the related investigation.

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“The investigation into the circumstances of the death has now concluded and a file was passed to the Coroner. As the cause of death was natural, no further action is proposed or required,” authorities wrote on Facebook. “No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

The initial autopsy, completed on Dec. 30, was revealed to be “inconclusive” in a statement released by the Thames Valley police.

It had previously been speculated that Michael had died of drug-related complications – with some even raising questions about boyfriend Fadi Fawaz’ role in the singer’s death, despite Thames Valley Police treating it as “unsuspicious” from an early stage.

Fawaz slammed these “nasty comments,” in tweets posted soon after the cause of death was revealed.

“The Truth is out…” he captioned a smiling photo of the couple in happier times.

Michael suffered many health issues in recent years, though. In November 2011, the “Careless Whisper” singer was hospitalized for pneumonia. One year earlier, he was involved in a car accident and arrested for driving under the influence of marijuana.

Michael sold 100 million albums worldwide during his nearly 40 years in the spotlight, and has won a slew of awards. However, the star also fell on difficult times with multiple arrests as well as battles with depression and drug use.

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George Michael’s 911 Tape Reportedly Details How Partner Fadi Fawaz Found Him Unconscious

 

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Fadi Fawaz, George Michael‘s partner, tried to wake the pop legend for an hour before calling paramedics, this according to an alleged 911 call made on the day Michael was found dead.During the reported four-and-a-half minute call with an emergency dispatcher, Fawaz can be heard explaining how he found the singer unconscious in bed. PEOPLE has not been able to verify if the audio is authentic.

“It’s George Michael. I think he’s dead. He’s dead. He’s not breathing … He’s in bed. Dead,” Fawaz, 43, reportedly said, according to audio obtained by The Sun. “He’s cold and he’s blue… yes, he’s very stiff. He’s dead… he’s dead.”

The Ambulance Service could not verify the legitimacy of the audio to PEOPLE but did say that they were launching an investigation into how the call was leaked.

“South Central Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SCAS) has been informed about the release of the tape of a 999 call,” they said. “We take matters of confidentiality very seriously and have launched an immediate investigation. As Thames Valley Police are preparing a file for the coroner we are also liaising with Thames Valley Police and are therefore not able to comment further at this time.”When asked by the operator if Michael was “beyond help,” Fawaz reportedly detailed how he spent an “hour” trying to revive him. “I’ve been trying to wake him up for the last hour but it was not possible. He’s gone. He’s blue. He’s gone,” Fadi reportedly  continued.

And after the operator inquired if his death was “expected,” Fawaz reportedly responded: “No, no, no, no, no, no, I’ve been waiting for him to wake him up for like, you know, for hours and he wouldn’t wake up, I went to wake him up and he was gone, you know, he’s not there.”

“It’s George Michael, you know, the singer?” Fawaz reportedly said before wrongly sharing Michael’s date of birth as July 25 instead of June 25.

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Michael’s cause of death continues to be shrouded in mystery over six weeks since Fawaz, a celebrity hairstylist with whom the late star was romantically involved in recent years, discovered the 53-year-old’s dead body.

With results of toxicology reports still pending, the Oxfordshire Coroner has been unable to decide if an official inquest needs to take place. An initial post mortem held in late December proved “inconclusive.”

Michael’s U.S. publicist confirmed to PEOPLE in December that the musician died of heart failure.

One day after Michael’s death, Fawaz tweeted: “ITs a xmas i will never forget finding your partner dead peacefully in bed first thing in the morning. I will never stop missing you xx.”

Fawaz and Michael were last photographer in Zurich, Switzerland in September 2015.

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BREAKING NEWS: Pop Superstar, George Michael Dies At 53 |The Republican News

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The British pop musician, George Michael has been found dead in his house in United Kingdom. He is aged 53 yrs and according to his family he died peacefully at home in Oxfordshire.

George Michael was a member of the band of the early 80s named  “Wham”, before he broke away to a solo music career.

His career spanned about 30 years and he sold over 100 million albums.

George Michael was a bit a controversial person who had run ins with the law for speeding, drugs and even caught once in the toilet engaged in explicit sexual activity in a gay club in Las Vegas.

He made several hit albums and lived life full of love.

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