George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou was found dead at her home on Christmas Day, three years since her brother's death in 2016. Their sister Yioda discovered her at her home. The Metropolitan police said the death was not being treated as suspicious.
The siblings were very close, with Melanie traveling with her brother at the height of his fame. George left his estate to his sisters. Recently, Melanie had done interviews expressing her happiness with the George Michael-inspired film Last Christmas, starring Emilia Clarke.
Full family statement as George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou dies aged 55 https://t.co/FEBEVzjBrf— Birmingham Live (@birmingham_live) December 27, 2019
The family has released a statement through their lawyer, saying:
"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 comment."