George Michael Dead at 53: Singer’s Manager Says Cause of Death Was Heart Failure

As the world reels over the sudden death of ’80s pop heartthrob George Michael, his longtime manager said on Sunday, December 25, that the singer’s cause of death was heart failure.

Michael Lippman told The Hollywood Reporter that the former Wham! singer, 53, died in his London home on Christmas Day.

Lippman received a call on Sunday morning, telling him that the “Faith” singer had been found “in bed, lying peacefully.”

“I’m devastated,” the manager said, adding that while Michael’s death from heart failure was unexpected, there was “no foul play whatsoever.” Results of an autopsy have yet to be released.