George Michael’s late sister left little of inherited fortune behind
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George Michael’s sister Melanie died of diabetes complications at just 59, tragically echoing her sibling’s death as the pair both died on Christmas Day, three years apart from each other. Now, newly issued probate papers reveal she left very little of her share of the singer’s fortune behind.
The High Court confirmed her estate was valued at £6.2million at the time of her death at her Hampstead home, in a house that once belonged to The Edge of Heaven singer himself.
Family sources suggested after her 2019 passing she may have died of a broken heart, after reports that grieving had caused her to become reclusive in her final months.
However, a post mortem has since confirmed the cause was in fact diabetic ketoacidosis, brought on by soaring blood sugar levels and a dangerous lack of insulin.
It listed ‘other significant conditions’ that contributed to her death as hypertensive heart disease, obesity and bronchopneumonia.
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It has since been reported she was laid to rest at Highgate Cemetery alongside her brother George’s unmarked grave and that of their mum Lesley.
Her 2020 funeral had been attended by George’s fellow Wham! star Shirley Kemp, and her husband Martin Kemp, formerly of Spandau Ballet.
They were accompanied by their I’m A Celebrity star son Roman, who hosts his own Capital FM breakfast show.
Melanie, who is outlived by an older sister named Yioda, got together with her and their dad Jack to make a public statement about how much George meant to her before her death.
As she typically kept a low profile in comparison to her celebrity brother, despite accompanying him to countless Wham! shows, the words were the last fans heard from her.
“We have come full circle again and Christmas time (and the holidays), are upon us once more,” she wrote, dedicating the message to everyone who knew her – and even their pets.
“I think we as a family, (there are lots of us, we Greek Cypriots, we’re everywhere)!! have come to fully appreciate (although we already knew really), quite how much love there is out there in the world, for both [George] and his beautiful music,” she added.
“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.
“That is just as powerful now as if he were still with us and as many of you say in your messages, it’s a gift,” Melanie emotionally gushed.
Sadly, she would not return to public life after her last statement in honour of her brother.
Meanwhile, her last media interview – conducted just a month before her death – revealed her anger with Elton John’s suggestion her brother felt “uncomfortable” with his gay identity.
Elton had told Sharon Osbourne on her show The Talk that he had struggled to come to terms with who he was.
However, Melanie hit back, calling George her “‘very proud to be gay’ brother” and urging people not to listen to other comments they might have heard.
Elton had said George “resented” him due to his suggestion that he should change his lifestyle to avoid substance addiction.
He’d also added: “‘He was so uncomfortable in his skin about being gay even though he said he wasn’t.”
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