Legendary pop singer George Michael died suddenly on Christmas Day at the age of 53, and it came as a surprise to almost everybody. Yesterday, the coroner put the rumours of a drug problem to rest when he concluded that Michael died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver. Darren Salter, senior coroner for the county of Oxfordshire in southern England, said a postmortem has found that the singer died of “dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.” Salter said that because Michael died of natural causes, there will be no coroner’s inquest or further inquiries. You can find more details here.
The trailer for an upcoming movie called “Filth City” has been released, and the plot bears resemblances to the story of the former mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford. “When Tom Hogg (Pat Thornton), a drug-addicted mayor fighting for re-election, is caught on video smoking crack, he’ll do almost anything to keep it out of the wrong hands,” reads the “Filth City” synopsis. “Hogg’s campaign staff and syndicate of dirty cops work to keep the video’s existence a secret while others want to see the mayor go down. Crime, corruption and the largest garbage strike in York history. The result is a rollicking neo-noir tale, inspired by true events.” While the film never mentions Ford by name — the politician protagonist is named Tom Hogg — the fact that the movie claims to be “inspired by true events” makes it pretty clear from where the filmmakers took the idea for the over-the-top political satire which boasts the tagline: “The crime rate is high. So is the mayor.”