Police Taking Statements on George Michael's Death

George Michael in 2011
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George Michael attends a press conference at Royal Opera House in 2011. 

Thames Valley Police denied claims that the major crime unit had joined the investigation into the death of the 'Faith' singer.

British police seeking to establish facts about the Christmas Day death of pop star George Michael are taking statements about the case. Thames Valley Police said Friday this is normal practice involving deaths that are "unexplained but non-suspicious."

The statement said the police investigation is "standard practice in cases such as this to allow the coroner to determine the circumstances of the death." The statement also said "contrary to media reports" on Friday, a major crime unit has not been put in charge of the investigation. "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," read the quote.

Michael was found dead in his country home shortly before a planned Christmas lunch.

British media reported that police were speaking to Michael's partner Fadi Fawaz, who had said he was the one who found Michael's body on Christmas Day. His manager said the 53-year-old died of heart failure. A post-mortem was inconclusive and further tests were ordered, with results expected in roughly two weeks. 

Michael's death prompted much grief and recognition of his charitable contributions.

This article originally appeared on The Hollywood Reporter.


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