Martha Stewart's younger brother dies suddenly at 65

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Martha Stewart's younger brother, George Christiansen, died unexpectedly last week at the age of 65.

He died of a suspected heart attack at his Connecticut home after suddenly feeling ill, according to a statement released by Stewart's long time publicist Susan Magrino.

"Martha lost her youngest brother, George, suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this [past] week. The family requests that you respect their privacy during this time of sorrow," the statement reads.

The star of VH1's "Martha and Snoop's Potluck Dinner Party" has remained silent on social media about the heartbreaking loss.

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Martha Stewart attends the 2014 Time 100 Gala at Frederick P. Rose Hall, Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by D Dipasupil/FilmMagic)
THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON -- Episode 0094 -- Pictured: (l-r) Television personality Martha Stewart and host Jimmy Fallon during the 'Cubano-Off' cooking segment on July 25, 2014 -- (Photo by: Douglas Gorenstein/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 01: Donald Trump and Martha Stewart attend The New York Observer Relaunch Event on April 1, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)
HOLLYWOOD GAME NIGHT -- Episode 220 -- Pictured: (l-r) Martha Stewart, Matthew Morrison, Scott Wolf, Contestant -- (Photo by: Trae Patton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Martha Stewart is seen at Marc Jacobs during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Seventh Regiment Armory on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Gilbert Carrasquillo/GC Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 11: Martha Stewart (L), fashion designer Marc Jacobs (2nd from R) attend the Marc Jacobs fashion show during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Spring 2015 at Park Avenue Armory on September 11, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images for Marc Jacobs)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JULY 26: Martha Stewart attends the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival hosted by Caesars Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Atlantic City New jersey
EAST HAMPTON, NY - AUGUST 30: Photographer Cindy Sherman and Martha Stewart attend the 2014 Perfect Earth Project Family Picnic And Concert at Cindy Sherman's farmhouse on August 30, 2014 in East Hampton, New York. (Photo by Taylor Hill/WireImage)
SAG HARBOR, NY - AUGUST 16: Martha Stewart attends the 3rd Annual Padde for a Cure on August 16, 2014 in Sag Harbor, New York. (Photo by Steven A Henry/FilmMagic)
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ - JULY 26: Martha Stewart attends the Atlantic City Food & Wine Festival hosted by Caesars Entertainment on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Atlantic City New jersey (Photo by Tom Briglia/FilmMagic)
WATCH WHAT HAPPENS LIVE -- Pictured (l-r): Andy Cohen, Martha Stewart, NeNe Leakes and Jeff Lewis -- (Photo by: Charles Sykes/Bravo/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
SOMERSET, NJ - JUNE 30: Martha Stewart attends Health Fest 2014 at The Palace At Somerset Park on June 30, 2014 in Somerset, New Jersey. (Photo by Bobby Bank/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 29: Martha Stewart attends the TIME 100 Gala, TIME's 100 most influential people in the world at Jazz at Lincoln Center on April 29, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by Kevin Mazur/Getty Images for TIME)
LAS VEGAS, NV - MARCH 12: Martha Stewart attends a book signing for her new book 'Martha Stewart's Cakes' at Macy's on March 12, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steven Lawton/FilmMagic)
NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 20: Martha Stewart seen in West Village on June 20, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Robert Kamau/GC Images)
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NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 07: Martha Stewart attends the 2016 UJA-Federation of New York's fashion division luncheon at The Pierre Hotel on April 7, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - APRIL 06: Martha Stewart attends The Hollywood Reporter's 2016 35 Most Powerful People in Media at Four Seasons Restaurant on April 6, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Noam Galai/WireImage)
MIAMI, FL - FEBRUARY 27: Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten and Martha Stewart attend Rose Brunch Hosted By Martha Stewart And Jean-Georges Vongerichten during 2016 Food Network & Cooking Channel South Beach Wine & Food Festival Presented By FOOD & WINE at Edition Hotel on February 27, 2016 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Manny Hernandez/Getty Images for SOBEWFF)
MIAMI BEACH, FL - FEBRUARY 26: Martha Stewart and chef Nobu Matsuhisa attend Nobu Miami & Malibu Farm Celebrate SOBEWFF At The Eden Roc Hotel at Nobu Miami Beach on February 26, 2016 in Miami Beach, Florida. (Photo by John Parra/Getty Images for Nobu Miami)
NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 28: Author/ television personality Martha Stewart poses for a photo during the 'Martha Stewart Weddings: Ideas And Inspiration!' book launch at Macy's Herald Square on January 28, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)
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The 75-year-old lifestyle guru had a very close relationship with her late sibling, and George's wife Rita even worked for her. Christiansen worked as a contractor and his company Pequot Remodeling spearheaded a renovation of one of Martha's old homes.

In the book "Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and her Amazing Life," George detailed the quality time they would spend together growing up: "We used to have the greatest evenings with a bunch of hospitable people. Martha would make pies and other things for the occasions."

Stewart was one of six children and this is the second time one of her siblings has passed away. Her younger sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, died at the age of 59 in 2004 after suffering a massive brain aneurysm.

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