In the early 1980s, George Michael and sister Melanie Panayiotou
Melanie Panayiotou, 55, was discovered by her sister Yioda Panayiotou on the evening of December 25 at her home in Hampstead, northwest London.
Her death comes just three years after her brother George was found dead at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, at the age of 53, on Christmas Day 2016. He died of natural causes.

The singer is one of the biggest selling music artists of all time
On behalf of the family, John Reid, the lawyer managing Michael’s music firms told Sky News: “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.”
A statement from the Metropolitan Police said: “The London Ambulance Service called police at approximately 19.35 on Wednesday, December 25, to report a woman’s sudden death in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.
“The police do not view death as suspicious. In the circumstances, a report will be prepared for the coroner.”
At the height of his fame with Wham, Ms Panayiotou, a hairdresser, was close to her brother, traveling around the world! In the eighties and nineties.
Melanie wrote in a recent issue of The Big Issue about her ‘ beloved ‘ brother
Michael, one of the biggest selling artists of all time, left her and her older sister, Yioda, with most of his estate.
Last month, before its inclusion in Last Christmas, a new song recorded by the late British singer was released, a film written by actress Emma Thompson and starring Emilia Clarke, featuring his music.
This is how We Want You To Get High since 2012 is Michael’s first original release.
Melanie wrote in the November edition of The Big Issue about “our beloved Yog” and how much her brother loved the idea of the film.
She penned: “My family and I hope you all enjoy the film, and Yog’s music old and new, woven beautifully into this fun, easy tale of love and self-love.
“As many of you know, Yog adored Christmas and he loved the idea of this film. I am sure he will be enjoying seeing Emilia’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, she added.”
Michael was the first famous person to appear on the cover of The Big Issue in 1996, after Melanie became friends with the founder of the magazine, John Bird, in a cafe in north London.
She said in her piece last month, the film features “many talented members of the homeless community in London” .
Throughout his career, Michael – whose real name was Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou – sold over 100 million albums.


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