This touching rediscovered picture shows George Michael’s family in happy times before they were rocked by a series of tragic deaths.
The Wham! star, his sister Melanie Panayiotou, mum Lesley Angold Panayiotou and dad Kyriacos ‘Jack’ Panayiotou pose are seen smiling at a dinner table.
Kyriacos is now the only surviving family member who featured in the heartbreaking picture.
George’s mum Lesley Angold Panayiotou died aged 60 in 1997 after battling cancer, while her son tragically died from heart failure, aged 53, on Christmas Day in 2016 at his Oxfordshire home.
The family was rocked by more heartache this week when George’s sister Melanie Panayiotou died at her North London home aged 59 – exactly three years on from her brother’s death.
The siblings were very close from birth, with Melanie travelling around the world with her beloved brother at the height of his fame.
She was also with him for most of his life milestones, and George left the bulk of his estate to her and his other sister Yioda.
Melanie had spoken proudly of her famous brother in November, telling The Big Issue about the release of the George-inspired Christmas movie Last Christmas.
“My family and I hope you all enjoy the film, and Yog’s music old and new, woven beautifully into this fun, easy tale of love and self-love,” she wrote in the publication.
“As many of you know, Yog adored Christmas and he loved the idea of this film. I am sure he will be enjoying seeing Emelia [Clark]’s amazing light bulb smile, something they share, across the celestial miles!
“And, most importantly, we all, together with our dear departed Yog (my ‘very proud to be gay’ brother — contrary to what you may have read recently!) wish a very merry, merry Christmas to Big Issue sellers and readers alike.”
The Metropolitan Police told the Mirror after Melanie’s death: “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.
“The death is not being treated as suspicious by police.
“A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances.”