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George Michael death not being investigated by major crimes unit, say police

Thames Valley force responds to national media claims surrounding singer's death

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George Micheal death not being treated by major crimes unit, say police

THAMES Valley Police has countered claims that a major crime unit is investigating the death of pop star George Michael. 

The 53-year-old died over Christmas at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire in what police said was an unexplained but non-suspicious incident.

National media outlets have today (Friday) claimed that a major crime investigation, normally launched to investigate murder and rape cases, is being conducted over the singer's death.

 

Responding to the reports Thames Valley Police released the following statement: "Contrary to media reports today (6/1) this is not a Thames Valley Police Major Crime 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.

"This is standard practice in cases such as this to allow the coroner to determine the circumstances of the death."

A Post Mortem examination said that the cause of the former Wham! singer's death was inconclusive and further tests would be carried out. 

Thames Valley Police will prepare a file for the Oxfordshire Coroner ahead of an inquest. 

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