The autopsy report is in. George Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver, a British coroner said Tuesday.
Darren Salter, senior coroner for the county of Oxfordshire in southern England, said a post-mortem has found that the singer died of “dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.”
Dilated cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the left ventricle of the heart becomes stretched and weakened, limiting the heart’s ability to pump blood. Myocarditis is inflammation of the heart muscle.
The former Wham! singer-songwriter was found dead at his country home in Oxfordshire on Dec. 25. He was 53.
His website was a frequent place for me to get political stories to blog about. Then around a week or so ago, Alan left a message on the site saying that he’s taking a brief leave from blogging, and assured his visitors that he will return soon. Today, I made my usual visit to alan.com to see what was going on and was shocked to the core with the news that Mr. Colmes had died.
Rest In Peace Mr. Colmes. You’re already missed.
America’s Newsroom co-anchor Bill Hemmer announced the news during Thursday’s broadcast of the Fox program.
“We have, yet again, some sad news to report here at the Fox News Channel,” said Hemmer. “Fox News contributor and frequent guest here in America’s Newsroom, Alan Colmes, has passed away.”
Colmes is survived by his wife, Jocelyn Crowley, who issued the following statement to the network:
“Alan Colmes passed away this morning after a brief illness. He was 66-years-old. He leaves his adoring and devoted wife, Jocelyn Elise Crowley. He was a great guy, brilliant, hysterical, and moral. He was fiercely loyal, and the only thing he loved more than his work was his life with Jocelyn. He will be missed. The family has asked for privacy during this very difficult time.”
He sold over 100 million albums over his 40 years career, but on Sunday, December 25th, the sultry voice of George Michael went silent. He was 53 years old. His publicist released a statement confirming the death of the star.
“It is with great sadness that we can confirm our beloved son, brother and friend George passed away peacefully at home over the Christmas period, his publicist said, “The family would ask that their privacy be respected at this difficult and emotional time. There will be no further comment at this stage.”
Police investigating the death say they were called to a property in Goring-on-Thames in Oxfordshire shortly before 2pm on Christmas Day. “Sadly, a 53-year-old man was confirmed deceased at the scene” the reports say. “At this stage the death is being treated as unexplained but not suspicious.”
According to The Daily Beast, Gwen was diagnosed with endometrial cancer about a year ago.
“I am very sad to tell you that our dear friend and beloved colleague Gwen Ifill passed away today in hospice care in Washington,” WETA President and CEO Sharon Percy Rockefeller wrote in a staff-wide email obtained by Politico. “I spent an hour with her this morning and she was resting comfortably, surrounded by loving family and friends… Earlier today, I conveyed to Gwen the devoted love and affection of all of us at WETA/NewsHour. Let us hold Gwen and her family even closer now in our hearts and prayers.”
She wasn’t as famous as her son, but Afeni Shakur, mother of Rap icon Tupac Shakur, did her part as a Black Panther activist and a philanthropist in her time. She died on Tuesday in California. She was 69 years old.
Deputies responded to a family member’s call reporting “a possible cardiac arrest” at Shakur Davis’ Sausalito home around 9:34 p.m. Monday, the Marin County Sheriff’s Office said.
Shakur Davis was taken to Marin General Hospital where she died at 10:28 p.m., the office said. There was nothing suspicious about her death and there’s no evidence of foul play, Lt. Doug Pittman said in a Tuesday afternoon news conference.
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“Sheriff’s Coroners Office will lead investigation to determine exact cause & manner of Afeni Shakur’s death,” the office said in a tweet.
He was the mayor of Toronto but you probably wouldn’t have known that if it weren’t for the nightly news portraying the Toronto mayor as a loudmouth, weed and crack smoking conservative who always knew where the next party was. With the world’s attention focused on him and wondering what he will do next, Ford was diagnosed with a tumor in his stomach and in 2014, announced he would not seek re-election to the Mayor’s office in Toronto.
Today, a statement from Ford’s family told the news that Rob Ford had died.
“With heavy hearts and profound sadness, the Ford family announces the passing of their beloved son, brother, husband and father,” his family said in a statement. “A dedicated man of the people, Councillor Ford spent his life serving the citizens of Toronto.”
According to reporting by TMZ, former First Lady and wife of former President Ronald Reagan, has died. She was 94 years old.