|© REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo. FILE PHOTO British singer George Michael poses for photographers before a news conference at the Royal Opera House in central London|
The cause of singer George Michael's death this week is unclear after an initial autopsy and more tests are needed, British police said on Friday.
British singer Michael, who became one of the pop idols of the 1980s with Wham! and then forged a career as a successful solo artist, died at his home in southern England on Sunday. He was 53.
"A post mortem examination was carried out yesterday as part of the investigation into the death of George Michael," Thames Valley police said.
"The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks," they added in a statement.
British police had said that Michael's death was "unexplained but not suspicious." Michael's manager, Michael Lippman, said he had died of heart failure.
In the mid-1980s, Wham! were one of the most successful pop duos with singles such as “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go," “Careless Whisper," "Last Christmas" and "The Edge of Heaven." (Reporting by Guy Faulconbridge; editing by Stephen Addison)
Post-mortem on George Michael proves inconclusive
A post-mortem examination into the death of singer George Michael has proved “inconclusive”, with further tests to be carried out, police said.
The 53-year-old star was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day.
Michael’s publicist said his family and friends had been “touched beyond words” by the “incredible outpouring of love” from fans, adding there were no suspicious circumstances around his death.
Thames Valley Police said: “The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out. The results of these tests are unlikely to be known for several weeks.
“Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire Coroner. Mr Michael’s death is still being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”
The Careless Whisper singer – whose real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – sold more than 100 million albums throughout his career.
Fadi Fawaz, who began seeing Michael following his split from former long-term partner Kenny Goss, said he found the star dead in bed when he arrived to wake him ahead of a planned Christmas Day lunch.
He described Michael as a “beautiful person” and a “kind and generous man” while Goss said he was devastated at the death.
George Michael autopsy inconclusive; more tests needed
LONDON — Police 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 said Friday 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.
The post-mortem examination was conducted Thursday.