Family and Friends Say Goodbye to George Michael - NBC Southern California

Family and Friends Say Goodbye to George Michael

His family thanked fans for their "many messages of love and support"

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    File - In this June 17, 2008 file photo, singer George Michael performs at the Sports Arena in San Diego, California. A private funeral was held for Michael, who died in December 2016, at Highgate Cemetery in north London, his publicist said.

    Singer George Michael's publicist says his funeral has been held in London.

    The private funeral service took place Wednesday at Highgate Cemetery in north London. Michael's publicity agency, Connie Filippello Publicity, said in a statement it was attended by family and close friends.

    The family thanked his fans for their "many messages of love and support" and asked for its privacy to be respected.

    Karl Marx and authors George Eliot and Douglas Adams are among the famous people buried at Highgate.

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    A post-mortem investigation found that Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver.

    The former Wham! singer was found dead at his country home in Oxfordshire on Dec. 25 at age 53.

    The singer had battled health problems and drug addiction.