Three years to the day after the loss of life of George Michael, the singer’s sister Melanie Panayiotou has died. The siblings’ older sister, Yioda, discovered Melanie on Wednesday, the night of Christmas Day, and notified the London ambulance service. Melanie, a hairdresser and make-up artist who shared the obligations for Michael’s property along with her household, was 55 on the time of her loss of life.
The Panayiotous’ household lawyer confirmed Melanie’s loss of life in a press release to the BBC. “We are able to verify that very tragically, Melanie has handed away all of a sudden. We might merely ask that the household’s privateness be revered at this very unhappy time.”
London Metropolitan police stated Melanie’s loss of life was “sudden” and that they weren’t treating it as suspicious.
Melanie maintained an in depth relationship along with her brother throughout his lifetime and would journey with him and reduce his hair on the highway, based on The Guardian. After his loss of life, he left her £50 million in his will, together with a big a part of his property. The property just lately labored on the manufacturing of the movie Final Christmas, which drew inspiration from Wham!’s yuletide hit of the identical identify in addition to Michael’s catalog of songs.
Michael died on Christmas Day 2016 at his Goring-on-Thames house in Oxfordshire, England. A couple of months later, authorities stated he died of natural causes, together with coronary heart circumstances and fatty liver.
Alongside along with her household, Melanie issued a press release remembering her brother two days earlier than the third anniversary of his loss of life. “It appears vital that his generosity of spirit and pure empathy have touched you in a manner that will have him embarrassed; all of your type phrases are actually good to listen to, and we all know you have got at all times recognized his true coronary heart,” the assertion learn. “Everybody has been working so arduous to carry you his music, the film goes to be there to have fun and keep in mind [George] and his music properly into the longer term … and we thank everybody whose efforts introduced his music to you. We shall be swerving the dangerous and having fun with the great as a lot as we are able to this coming 12 months (2019 has been tough and busy for George’s hardworking crew).”
In a 1985 interview with No. 1 Magazine (by way of the BBC) Melanie stated that her brother hadn’t been like different boys when he was rising up. “From what I keep in mind, he was by no means within the form of issues the remainder of the fellas had been, like soccer and vehicles and issues like that,” she stated. “He wasn’t an introvert, and I wouldn’t say he was shy like some folks have made out. He positively knew what he wished to do at an early age.” She additionally stated that when followers would ask for clips of his hair, she informed them, “It goes within the bin like everybody else’s.”