Melanie Panayiotou, the sister of the late George Michael, was found dead in her home on Christmas Day—exactly three years after her brother died in 2016.
Panayiotou, who was extremely close to her brother, is said to have found dead on by her older sister, Yioda Panayiotou at her home in Hampstead, London. The timing of her death coincides with her Michael’s who was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, on Christmas Day 2016, aged 53.
“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,” Metropolitan Police said in a statement.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious by police. A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances.”
A statement from John Reid, the lawyer who acts for Michael’s family, confirmed: “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.”
Panayiotou’s last public words arrived just 48 hours before her death when she released a joint statement alongside her family members, remembering the “good deeds” of her brother during the festive period.
The statement added that to “come to fully appreciate (although we already knew really), quite how much love there is out there in the world, for both Yog and his beautiful music.”
They continued: “We know how much his lyrics can offer support when things are tough and help celebrate when times are good and life is going well… and that is just as powerful now as if he were still with us and as many of you say in your messages, it’s a gift.
“It seems important that his generosity of spirit and natural empathy have touched you in a way that would have him embarrassed, all your kind words are really good to hear and we know you have always known his true heart.”
Melanie’s cause of death is not yet known.