George Michael was very close to his sister Melanie Panayiotou, and the pair worked and travelled the world together at the height of his musical success.
So the heartbreaking news that she has passed away on the third anniversary of his death is even more tragic as the family face more Christmas heartbreak.
Melanie was her younger brother’s hairdresser and make-up artist during his career, so she knew him better than most of the other people in his life.
She gave a few interviews about her brother during their time together, including one in 1985 in which she was asked what he was like with his money.
She explained that money wasn’t that important to him and he rarely went out and threw away thousands on expensive jewellery or clothes.
But that didn’t stop him from treating Melanie, their older sister Yioda and his parents.
She said: “He has to be wary of people. Those he speaks to might easily misinterpret what he says. He’s definitely not mean. In fact he’s a generous type, but not in the way that he would flaunt it.
“It’s quite true what he said about money not being all that important to him.
“He shows his generosity in subtle ways. Like he won’t go out and buy jewellery, furs, cars and the like for the family.
“But then he’ll be going on a world tour and suddenly there are air tickets, hotel bookings and the entire works for Mum, Dad, my sister and I. And what better than the chance to see China, Japan, America, The Far East. It’s lovely.”
Melanie, 59, was found at her home on Wednesday December 25 by her sister Yioda Panayiotou.
In a haunting coincidence, George had died at his own home three years to the day before Melanie passed away.
George’s rep confirmed the awful news to the Mirror.
“We can confirm that very tragically Melanie has passed away suddenly,” he said.
“We would simply ask that the family’ s privacy be respected at this very sad time.
“There will be no further comments.”