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British singer George Michael leaves Highbury Corner Magistrates Court in north London, Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2010. Singer George Michael has pleaded guilty in a London court to two drug offenses. He admitted driving under the influence of drugs and possession of cannabis following an incident on July 4 when his car crashed into a shop in north London. (AP Photo/Sang Tan)

George Michael died of natural causes, according to a British coroner


Legendary pop singer George Michael's death in December was due to natural causes, a British coroner announced Tuesday.

Michael suffered from heart failure, coroner Darren Salter said. Specifically, he had a dilated cardiomyopathy, which stretches a heart valve and makes it harder for the heart to pump blood, according to the American Heart Association.

Michael's death at his home in Oxfordshire was initially deemed "inconclusive." He was 53. 

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WATCH | Michael (born Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) rose to fame with the 1980s duo "Wham" with hit songs like "Last Christmas" and "Wake Me Up Before You Go Go". He later became an active LGBT rights campaigner after coming out as gay in 1998.

FILE - In this Sept. 9, 2012 file photo, British singer George Michael in concert to raise money for AIDS charity Sidaction, in Paris, France. George Michael's spokeswoman says the singer is "resting" after receiving hospital treatment for an undisclosed ailment. The Sun newspaper reported Thursday, May 29, 2014, that ambulances were called to Michael's London home on May 22 and the former Wham! singer was taken to a hospital. Spokeswoman Connie Filippello confirmed that Michael was discharged on the weekend "and is well and resting." She said that "given the personal nature of this matter there will be no further comment." (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

Salter said there would be no further investigation into Michael's death and asked that the media and public respect Michael's family's privacy.

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