George Michael’s sister Melanie dies on the third anniversary of his death

George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou has died — on the third anniversary of the singer’s death.

Melanie, 55, was discovered at her North London home on Christmas Day by their other sister, Yioda.

A spokesperson for George (real name: Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou) told The Mirror, “We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly.”

They added, “We would simply ask that the family’s privacy be respected at this very sad time. There will be no further comments.”

Yahoo Entertainment reached out to George’s former publicist for comment and will update this if we hear back.

According to the Scottish Sun, Yioda called first responders upon discovery of her sister and both an ambulance and police were dispatched on Wednesday evening. Police were called as a matter of routine and established there were no suspicious circumstances.

Melanie, a hairdresser who travelled the world with the Wham! singer at the height of his fame, had just posted a Christmas message on her brother’s website along with her sister, father and George’s former manager David Austin. It thanked fans for continuing to embrace the “Last Christmas” and “Faith” singer’s music. “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,” it said, adding, “We are all hoping for a peaceful 2020.”

George Michael's sister Melanie in 1986. Photo: Getty

 

George left the bulk of his estate, estimated at $120 million, to his sisters — while his partner, Fadi Fawaz, was left out of his will. The sisters had been overseeing the rights to his music — and approved the release of the recent film Last Christmas, which included his music throughout as well as a previously unreleased track.

Melanie was loyal to to George and even went up against Elton John this year. After John said George was “uncomfortable” with his sexuality, she told The Big Issue, George was “very proud to be gay ... contrary to what you may have read recently.”

George died on Christmas Day in 2016 at the age of 53. A British coroner determined he died of natural causes as the result of heart disease and a fatty liver.

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UNITED KINGDOM - NOVEMBER 01: LYCEUM Photo of George MICHAEL and WHAM!, George Michael (Photo by Pete Cronin/Redferns)
Wham 1985 George Michael and Andrew Ridgely (Photo by Chris Walter/WireImage)
Wham Concert In London, Britain - 1985, George Michael And Andrew Ridgeley (Photo by Brian Rasic/Getty Images)
CHINA - 1985/04/07: Young children sporting 'Mao' jackets and caps gape at George Michael (left) and Andrew Ridgeley, of the pop group Wham who are visiting the Great Wall as they promote the first-ever gig by a Western pop band in communist China. Wham played a concert at Beijing's People's Stadium, thereby becoming a milestone not only in pop but also in Chinese history, even if most Chinese hadn't a clue who they were and even fewer actually got to see them in action.. (Photo by Peter Charlesworth/LightRocket via Getty Images)
BIRMINGHAM, UNITED KINGDOM - FEBRUARY 27: George Michael of Wham! performs on stage at the National Exhibition Centre, on February 27th, 1985 in Birmingham, England. (Photo by Peter Still/Redferns)
Pop star George Michael attends the British Record Industry Awards, aka the BRIT Awards, at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London on February 11, 1985. (Photo by Georges De Keerle/Getty Images)
British singer-songwriter George Michael of Wham!, during the pop duo's 1985 world tour, January 1985.'The Big Tour' took in the UK, Japan, Australia, China and the US. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
George Michael of Wham!, portrait, Sydney, Australia, January 1985. (Photo by Michael Putland/Getty Images)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of George MICHAEL (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
Michael Lipman, Tommy Mottola, George Michael and Rob Kahane (Photo by Jeff Kravitz/FilmMagic, Inc)
UNSPECIFIED - JANUARY 01: Photo of George MICHAEL (Photo by Mick Hutson/Redferns)
George Michael Attends A Gianni Versace Book Launch Party At His Store In London'S Bond Street. . (Photo by Antony Jones/Julian Parker/UK Press via Getty Images)
SUNRISE, FL - AUGUST 03: Singer George Michael performs at the Bank Atlantic Center on August 3, 2008 in Sunrise, Florida. (Photo by Logan Fazio/Getty Images)
British singer George Michael performs on stage during a charity gala for the benefit of Sidaction, at the Opera Garnier in Paris, on September 9, 2012. Sidaction is a charity event which aims to collect money for the struggle against AIDS virus. AFP PHOTO MIGUEL MEDINA (Photo credit should read MIGUEL MEDINA/AFP/GettyImages)
British singer George Michael performs during the closing ceremony of the 2012 London Olympic Games at the Olympic stadium in London on August 12, 2012. Rio de Janeiro will host the 2016 Olympic Games. AFP PHOTO/LEON NEAL (Photo credit should read LEON NEAL/AFP/GettyImages)
FILE PHOTO British singer George Michael poses for photographers before a news conference at the Royal Opera House in central London May 11, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth/File Photo
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