(Photo Credits: Screengrab from @amanda.panayiotou’s Instagram Account)

Fans are in absolute disbelief as news of George Michael’s sister’s passing flooded the social media. Melanie Panayiotou, 59, died this Christmas Day 2019 which is, incidentally, the third death anniversary of the English singer and songwriter as well. 

It’s been reported that her body was found by her younger sister Yioda Panayiotou, at her home in North West London on Wednesday, December 25.  

The family confirmed the sad news in a statement issued through their lawyer, John Reid, “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.” They added, “There will be no further comment.” 

Andrew Ridgeley, one half of ’80s pop duo Wham!, talked about Ms. Panayiotou’s death on Twitter. He said, “Utterly tragic news of Mel Panayiotou’s passing. My thoughts are with her sister and father at this desperately sad time.”

Meanwhile, one of Ms. Panayiotou’s hairdresser colleagues in Knightsbridge named Shari Reynolds said in an interview and we quote, “[We are] devastated and in shock that our dear friend and former colleague from the Allan Soh salon in Knightsbridge, London, Melanie Panayiotou has sadly passed away.” Adding, “We are grateful to have shared many wonderful times both in and out of the salon with Melanie and have very fond memories of her. Melanie had a cracking sense of humour and was great company, as well as being very down to earth. Our thoughts are with Yioda and Jack. RIP.”

Two days prior to her death, Melanie Panayiotou released a message along with sister Yioda, their father Jack, and longtime manager David Austin thanking fans for supporting the Last Christmas movie and soundtrack. They ended their message by saying, “don’t forget to say your ‘I Love You’s’ and enjoy your celebrations wherever you are. Thank you so much for your kind messages, they lift us when things are tough.” They also reminded fans to “Keep on doing those good deeds in his memory, ‘paying it forward’ if you can.” 

The cause of Melanie Panayiotou’s death has not been revealed yet but the police are not treating it as suspicious. To know more about this story, read here.