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Michael's death heart failure: manager

AAP logoAAP 26/12/2016

Pop superstar George Michael's death at the age of 53 from suspected heart failure is being treated by UK police as "unexplained but not suspicious".

The 53-year-old, who rose to fame as the front man of Wham! and had chart-topping hits including Last Christmas, died peacefully at home on Christmas Day, his publicist said.

The cause of the star's death was heart failure, according to his manager Michael Lippman.

Lippman said Michael was found "in bed, lying peacefully".

Thames Valley Police said they were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames shortly before 2pm, adding: "Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene.

"At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious. A post-mortem will be undertaken in due course. There will be no further updates from Thames Valley Police until the post-mortem has taken place."

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Health scares dogged the last decade of Michael's life.

Last year he publicly denied new allegations about drug-taking, describing them as ''highly inaccurate''.

The star nearly died from pneumonia in late 2011. After receiving treatment in a Vienna hospital, Michael made a tearful appearance outside his London home just before Christmas and said it had been ''touch and go'' whether he lived.

In 2013 Michael had to be airlifted to hospital with a head injury after falling from his vehicle on the M1 near St Albans in Hertfordshire.

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