Ginger Spice Geri Horner breaks down over death of her friend George Michael

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Geri Horner wept as she described her “love” for the late George Michael.

Horner opened up about her close friendship with the star, saying that he was there for her when she left the Spice Girls.

She also shared that she named her son’s middle name George in honour of him.

She told This Morning presenters Holly Willoughby and Phillip Schofield: “I absolutely loved him.

“When I left the Spice Girls, he took me under his wing.

Ginger Spice Geri Horner breaks down over death of her friend George Michael

“He was such a lovely person, and suddenly I had a baby. It’s the circle of life, you just don’t expect it.”

She continued: “He was such a good man. When you know a human being, they tell you how it is, they keep your feet on the ground.

“He told me if my music was rubbish, he loved this programme. He was just such a normal guy. He helped me with my daughter.

“I was gutted.

“It’s not until someone goes.. It’s really sad. It’s very sad when someone we all know dies.”

Tests determined that George Michael died from natural causes earlier this week.

The news came counter to weeks of tabloid reports that have inferred that the singer’s drug use was to blame.

The Wham! frontman passed away suddenly on Christmas Day last year at his home in Oxfordshire.

The boyfriend of the late star, Fadi Fawaz, has said Michael’s family refuse to tell him the funeral plans.

According to a coroner’s report, his death was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.

The coroner said: “Inquires into the death of George Michael have been concluded and the final post-mortem report received.

“As there is a confirmed natural cause of death, being dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, the investigation is being discontinued and there is no need for an inquest or any further enquiries.

“No further updates will be provided and the family requests the media and public respect their privacy.”

Since his death, dozens of people have opened up about the singer’s extraordinary generosity and anonymous philanthropy, donating millions to good causes without revealing his identity.