Police: Investigation Into George Michael’s Death Is ‘Standard Practice’
Police in the United Kingdom clarified that their investigation into George Michael’s death is “standard practice,” calling his death “unexplained but non-suspicious.”
The Thames Valley Police Department denied reports that its major crime unit is involved in the inquiry after the Oxfordshire coroner’s autopsy was “inconclusive.”
On Friday, British authorities clarified that they are simply taking statements from people as they look in to the death of the 53-year-old pop singer on Christmas day that has been identified as “unexplained but non-suspicious.”(RELATED: Report: George Michael Secretly Battled Heroin Addiction Before Death)
“Contrary to media reports today (6/1) this is not a Thames Valley Police Major Crime investigation, the department said in a statement. “As part of Thames Valley Police’s investigation on behalf of Oxfordshire Coroner into this unexplained but non-suspicious death officers are establishing facts which include taking statements.” (RELATED: George Michael Autopsy Results Are ‘Inconclusive’)
“This is standard practice in cases such as this to allow the coroner to determine the circumstances of the death,” the department added.
Michael was found dead by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz at his home in Oxfordshire on Christmas Day. Police have found no evidence of foul play.
The department told New York Post’s Page Six that further tests would need to be carried out to determine the singer’s exact cause of death.
A statement from Michael’s manager Michael Lippman said that the singer died of heart failure.