George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou dies on Christmas Day, exactly three years since tragic death of her brother
George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou has died aged 55 on the third anniversary of her brother’s death, police said.
The hairdresser was found at her London, England, home by her sister Yioda on Christmas Day – the same day her pop star brother tragically passed away in 2016.
According to authorities and Michael’s representatives, Panayiotou passed “suddenly” after a death was reported in the late hours of December 25.
Police: ‘The death is not being treated as suspicious.’
In a statement to the Daily Mirror, the Metropolitan Police said: “Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious by police.
“A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances.”
While a rep also informed the paper: “We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly.
“We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very sad time.
“There will be no further comments.”
Michael and Panayiotou were known for their warming bond, having affectionally called the gay musician ‘Yog’, and the pair regularly travelled the world together.
“As many of you know, Yog adored Christmas and he loved the idea of this film,” she said.
“I am sure he will be enjoying seeing Emilia [Clarke]’s amazing light bulb smile, something they share, across the celestial miles.
“And, most importantly, we all, together with our dear departed Yog (my ‘very proud to be gay’ brother – contrary to what you may have read recently!) wish a very merry, merry Christmas to Big Issue sellers and readers alike.”
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These reflections followed his arrest for public lewdness in 1998, which outed him to the public.
After years of turbulent relationships, Michael fell for Australian hairstylist Fadi Fawaz.
But on Christmas Day in 2016, Fawaz found Michael’s body in his home in Goring-on-Thames.
His death rippled across the community, causing countless of fans to cancel Christmas plans to come celebrate his life – gathering outside his home to lie flowers, signed albums and framed photos.
A senior coroner in Oxfordshire later attributed Michael’s death to dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.