The late George Michael photographed at the Berlin Biennale in Germany in 2005. The singer continues to have a large following Image: Getty Images

Christmas Day marks the loss of George Michael, the legendary singer, songwriter and record producer, who died of natural causes in 2016 at the age of 53. Unfortunately, in one blow for the star’s family, it was also the day that Georges Sister Melanie Panayiotou died in 2019

George Michael was born in Great Britain into a Greek Cypriot family and was a member of the musical duo Wham! before starting a solo career

By his death, the popular musician had sold more than 115 million records worldwide, making him one of the best-selling music artists of all time Wham! sold more than 28 million records between 1982 and 1986.The duo were best known for their hit singles such as Wake Me Up Before You Go Go and Last Christmas

After Wham! George’s debut solo album, Faith, sold more than 20 million copies worldwide. He sold more than 80 million records, making it one of the best-selling artists of all time

He hit seven number 1 songs on the UK Singles Chart and eight number 1 songs on the US Billboard Hot 100

Christmas wouldn’t be Christmas without this famous Wham! Hit Last Christmas The music video shows George and then musical partner Andrew Ridgeley on a trip to the winter wonderland of a Swiss ski resort

The song was released in December 1984 and reached number one on the music charts in Denmark, Slovenia and Sweden, and number two in nine countries: Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, New Zealand and the United Kingdom Wham! donated all of their royalties from the song to aid the famine in Ethiopia

George’s sister Melanie Panayiotou had kept her brother’s legacy alive by communicating with fans on social media after his death. George had a close relationship with Melanie, who cut her hair and traveled with him on his music tours / p>

Melanie was found dead in her house on Christmas Day 2019, exactly three years after her famous brother.She had fallen into a diabetic coma

Her older sister Yioda took to social media on Christmas Eve to thank fans for the kind messages and thoughts sent to the family

“At this time last year Melanie wrote to you as she had done so wonderfully since George passed away on Christmas Day 2016, to thank you all for the love and good wishes you had for the family in 2019 had sent

“Melanie loved communicating with George’s fans and lovelies around the world, but as she wrote … We’ll dodge the bad and enjoy the good as much as possible this coming year … Neither of us could have known for sure What a tough 2020 would turn out to be, and none of us could have known that it would be so suddenly taken away from us within a few days

“We would like to thank everyone who sent us their thoughts and their love for Christmas when Melanie passed away We read every message and your words and your love have been a great comfort in a time of terrible sadness ”

The family wished the fans “a peaceful and loving Christmas break, however you will spend it” and signed the message as follows: “With love, Yioda, Jack and David xxxx”

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