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Mystery of George Michael's Death Is Brought to a Close

Coroner says it was natural causes, brought on by heart disease and a fatty liver

(Newser) - What was once deemed "inconclusive" has now arrived at a conclusion, though that conclusion may be cold comfort to fans, friends, and family. Early autopsy results on George Michael couldn't peg what caused his Christmas Day death , but on Tuesday, a UK coroner announced the 53-year-old singer had... More »

George Michael Tribute Gets Adele Cursing

But she recovered for powerful performance; Prince also honored

(Newser) - David Bowie wasn't the only major performer we lost last year, and the Grammys made sure to pay tribute to two others. First host James Corden spoke on the late George Michael, noting how the performer's music "had an honesty and openness that excluded no one"... More »

George Michael's Partner Denies Tweeting That Singer Killed Himself

Account was hacked, Fadi Fawaz says

(Newser) - On Sunday morning, a series of tweets posted to the Twitter account of George Michael's partner, Fadi Fawaz, indicated Michael took his own life. "The only thing George wanted is to DIE ... he tired [sic] numbers of time to kill himself many times ... and finally he managed,"... More »

No Answers in George Michael Autopsy Results

'Inconclusive,' police say

(Newser) - Initial autopsy results on George Michael are in, and it looks like … we'll have to wait a little longer for insight into the singer's death. "The cause of death is inconclusive and further tests will now be carried out," according to a statement from Thames... More »

Here's How Much George Michael's Estate Is Worth

The singer's music is surging in popularity after his death

(Newser) - The estate of George Michael—who died of heart failure on Christmas Day at the age of 53—is valued at $125 million, People reports. But that number looks likely to increase in the wake of his death. According to Forbes , both Michael's solo work as well as the... More »

Tales of George Michael's Secret Philanthropy Emerge

He donated millions to charity, funded couple's IVF treatment

(Newser) - A day after a contestant on the UK version of game show Deal or No Deal said his wife needed $28,500 for in-vitro fertilization treatment, the show's producers got a phone call. It was George Michael offering to pay the sum in full, says executive producer Richard Osman... More »

Partner Found George Michael 'Just Gone, Peacefully Lying in Bed'

'He was a beautiful person,' says Fadi Fawaz

(Newser) - It was a heartbreaking Christmas for George Michael's partner, Fadi Fawaz. The celebrity hairstylist, who has been romantically linked to the singer since around 2011, says he was the one who found the 53-year-old's body at his Oxfordshire home, People reports. It's an "xmas i will... More »

George Michael Defied Expectations After 1998 Arrest

He didn't shrink from the news; he embraced it

(Newser) - The tributes to George Michael are pouring in, as are stories about his legacy on and off the stage. A sampling:
  • Tim Teeman at the Daily Beast recounts how Michael defied expectations with his response to a 1998 arrest for lewd behavior and became an LGBT hero. He did so
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2 Late Legends in One Old Clip: George Michael, David Bowie

It's from 1992

(Newser) - One of the George Michael videos making the rounds in the wake of his death has a special poignancy: It includes not only Michael but another lost music star of 2016, David Bowie. The clip (see it here ) shows Michael rehearsing for a 1992 tribute to Freddie Mercury with... More »

Manager: George Michael Died of Heart Failure

'No foul play whatsoever' in untimely death, he says

(Newser) - George Michael's death at age 53 was unexpected but definitely not suspicious, according to longtime manager Michael Lippman. He says the beloved English pop star died of heart failure and was found at home "in bed, lying peacefully." The manager says he is "devastated" by the... More »

George Michael's Ex-Wham! Partner Is 'Heartbroken'

Tributes pour in for beloved star

(Newser) - Christmas Day brought news of one of the most shocking celebrity deaths in a year notorious for them. Tributes quickly poured in for George Michael, who died at age 53 . "Rest with the glittering stars, George Michael. You've found your Freedom, your Faith. It was your Last Christmas,... More »

George Michael Dead at 53

'Passed away peacefully at home'

(Newser) - With a week to go, 2016 got one more punch in: George Michael has died at age 53, his publicist says in a statement. "It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period.... More »

27 Celebs' Real Names

Does Vincent Damon Furnier sound like a rocker's name?

(Newser) - Alice Cooper wasn't actually born with his female-sounding name; his parents dubbed him Vincent Damon Furnier. Radar lists the real names of 26 more stars:
  • Chuck Norris: Carlos Ray
  • Sting: Gordon Sumner
  • Kirk Douglas: Issur Danielovitch
  • Jodie Foster: Alicia Christian Foster
  • Hulk Hogan: Terry Jean Bollette
  • George Michael: Georgios
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George Michael: Christian Group Prayed for My Death

Singer slams 'pathetic' religious radicals

(Newser) - Looks like another group is trying to muscle in on the Westboro Baptist Church's turf. George Michael says that during his recent life-threatening bout with pneumonia , a group calling itself Christians for a Moral America prayed for his death, the New York Daily News reports. The group claimed that... More »

I Was 'Touch and Go' With Pneumonia: George Michael

Singer says he had tracheotomy in Austria hospital

(Newser) - Pop icon George Michael opened up about his month-long bout of pneumonia and revealed it was nearly fatal, the Sun reports. "Well, I would say it was touch and go for a couple of weeks," the singer said outside his London mansion Friday, breaking into tears. "We... More »

The Georges End 'Gay Feud'

Boy George, George Michael finally speaking again

(Newser) - Finally: Gay pop stars and ‘80s icons George Michael and Boy George are pals again. Or, as the Sun so charmingly puts it, “Georges end 20-year gay feud.” The two have been on the outs since Boy George blasted George Michael for pretending to be straight…and... More »

World's Priciest Wedding Singers

(Newser) - For the demanding bride-to-be who thinks a DJ just doesn't cut it, top-notch live entertainment can be had—for a few million dollars. The New Zealand Herald runs down the best paid wedding singers:
  1. Rolling Stones: These aging rockers garner upwards of $8 million for a private audience, but will
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George Michael Busted After Car Crash

He's detained on suspicion of DUI, but not charged

(Newser) - George Michael was arrested on suspicion of driving drunk or drugged after his Range Rover slammed into the back of a truck on a British highway last night, the Sun reports. Police, however, released him 6 hours later without charge. The singer, who just got his license back in June... More »

George Michael Charged in Drug Bust

Singer gets 'caution' from British police

(Newser) - George Michael was arrested in a London public restroom on drug possession charges Friday and let off with a caution, the BBC reports. The singer, 45, is accused of having crack cocaine, among other drugs. Though possession can mean up to 7 years in prison, UK law allows for “... More »

Illinois Man Calls Home a Church, Saves $80K in Taxes

Locals suspicious of religious conversion

(Newser) - An Illinois man has declared his home a church, knocking $80K off his property taxes in the bargain, the Chicago Tribune reports. George Michael says he got an online pastor's degree and transformed his $3 million lakefront estate into a house of worship so his disabled wife and daughter could... More »

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