George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou dies aged 55 three years after him

George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou was found dead this week – exactly three years after the Careless Whisper star died on Christmas Day in 2016.

Hairdresser Melanie, who was 55, was found at her home on Wednesday December 25 by her older sister Yioda Panayiotou.

In a heartbreaking coincidence, Wham star George died at his own home three years to the day before Melanie, aged 53.

The siblings were known to be very close from birth.

In a statement to the Mirror, the Metropolitan Police said: "Police were called by London Ambulance Service at approximately 19:35hrs on Wednesday, 25 December to reports of the sudden death of a woman, aged in her 50s, at an address in Oak Hill Park, NW3.

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"The death is not being treated as suspicious by police.

"A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances."

Melanie often travelled around the world with her beloved brother at the height of his fame and was with him for most of his life milestones.

George left the majority of his estate – £97.6million – to her and Yioda when he died from heart and fatty liver disease.

George and his siblings were raised by their mum, Lesley Angold, in Kingsbury, London, and later Radlett, Hertfordshire, while dad Kyriacos 'Jack' Panayiotou worked.

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Both Melanie and Yioda hosted a wake after George's funeral at the star's house in Hampstead.

They were joined by dad Kyriacos, who was 80 at the time, and cousins in paying tribute to George.

According to reports, the late star was dressed in his favourite suit and shirt from his final tour and his gold Cartier watch.

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English singer George found fame member of the music duo Wham! in the 1980s alongside Andrew Ridgeley before later embarking on a solo career.

He sold over 80 million records worldwide during his career – making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time.

During his career he achieved seven number one songs on the UK Singles Chart and eight number one songs on the US Billboard Hot 100.

George was known for hit singles including Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go and Last Christmas.

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