Details surrounding the post-mortem on George Michael have emerged after the icon’s shocking death rocked fans world-wide on Christmas day.

6.19PM: This story has been updated, read more here.

Details surrounding the autopsy to take place on the body of the iconic singer, George Michael, have emerged after he died on Christmas day. The singer was just 53 at the time of his death.

Authorities in Oxfordshire, where the “Careless Whisper” singer had a home, have confirmed that the  “cause of death is not immediately apparent” and that a post-mortem is due to take place in “due course”.

In a statement, the office said,

“The death of Mr George Michael has been reported to the Oxfordshire Coroner’s Office.

“As with all deaths where the cause of death is not immediately apparent, a post-mortem examination is to be undertaken in due course in order to confirm the cause of death.

“This information is required before the coroner can decide whether there is a need for an inquest. If a natural cause of death is confirmed, there will be no need for an inquest.

“All of this is in accordance with normal procedures and does not imply that there is currently any reason to believe the cause of death is in any way suspicious.”

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The singer, who was born with the name Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou was reportedly found dead in his bed by his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz on the morning of Christmas day.

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Statements released by the singer’s publicist and management noted that the singer died “peacefully” and of “heart failure”. Police said at the time of the initial reports that his death was unexplained but not suspicious.

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George Michael was one of the most successful British solo artists with a career spanning several decades and selling over 100 million records. Some of his biggest solo hits included, Careless Whisper, Outside and Faith. He found fame in a band he started with Andrew Ridgeley called, Wham!, their hits included Last Christmas and Wake Me Up Before You Go Go.