George Michael Remembered by Family, Friends at Private Funeral

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Michael's family thanked his fans for their "many messages of love and support."

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

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

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.

A postmortem found that Michael died of natural causes as a 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.

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