As a sea of flowers continues to grow outside pop superstar George Michael’s home in north London, it has emerged that the singer’s body has still not been released to his family, because detectives are awaiting the results of toxicology tests.
The senior coroner for Oxfordshire Darren Salter has not been able to open an inquest yet into the singer’s death on Christmas Day as he is waiting for the results of toxicology tests to come back.
While George’s manager said immediately following his death at his Oxfordshire home that he had died as a result of heart failure, officers with Thames Valley Police are awaiting tests to try to determine whether drugs could have played a part in his, so far unexplained, death.
Rumours have been rife that the singer, 53, was struggling with addictions to heroin and crack cocaine in the time leading up to his death. While he is understood to have been clean of hard drugs for a number of years, it is thought that he may have made a return to hard drugs in his final days.
Police are not treating his death as suspicious, although they have carried out a number of interviews with his loved ones in order to try to determine the circumstances surrounding his death, including speaking to his boyfriend Fadi Fawaz, who discovered his body on Christmas Day. The celebrity hairstylist said that he had spent the night inside his car before going in to wake up George ahead of a planned Christmas Day lunch.
George’s family cannot hold a funeral until George’s body has been released by the coroner after the inquest into his death has been opened. Currently, it is not known whether a service will be held close to his home in Goring-on-Thames, or in London.