George Michael’s Funeral Delayed Until March After Further Testing Is Required
George Michael’s family have devastatingly been told the funeral of the Wham! pop star has to be put on hold even longer than initially expected.
The music icon died six weeks ago on Christmas Day, but his close family and friends still haven’t laid the much loved star to rest.
His body is still needed for further testing by the coroner.
Despite his death being ruled as not suspicious, there still needs to be toxicology tests carried out on the ‘Careless Whisper’ singer.
A source close to George’s family revealed to The Sun that it could be as late as March that the singer is finally given the send off he deserves.
They told the newspaper,
In similar cases, toxicology tests can take around eight weeks, maybe a little longer, so I would have thought the results will come back towards the end of the month. There have been no new updates on the case – but from the moment of George’s death police have said it was not suspicious.
The 53-year-old sadly died on December 25, 2016, at his home in Goring, Oxfordshire.
His partner Fadi Fawaz, who had been dating the star since 2012, found him unconscious on the day of his death.
The police interviewed Fawaz in the weeks following the musician’s death to rule out the possibility of foulplay contributing to his unexpected passing.
The first post-mortem on George’s body came back inconclusive, but there has been much speculation about what caused the star’s unprecedented death ever since.
Andros Georgiou, the number one singer’s cousin, revealed in January that George’s death came about as a result of accidental drug overdose, but nothing has been confirmed.
Georgiou spoke out on The Victoria Derbyshire Show to clear up rumours that his cousin had committed suicide.
He said, ‘Hard drugs had been back in his life. I just think he took too much of something, mixed with antidepressants and other drugs he was on – with alcohol’.
The exact date of the funeral still hasn’t been arranged.