Roman Kemp’s mum pays tribute to George Michael’s sister Melanie after Christmas Day death

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Roman Kemp’s mum has paid tribute to George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou after her death on Christmas Day.

Shirlie Kemp worked as a backing singer for late pop star George Michael and he was godfather to her son Roman.

She has now joined stars remembering George’s sister Melanie, 59, after she passed away on the third anniversary of her brother’s tragic loss.

The Pepsi & Shirlie star wrote: “We both shared a great love of flowers and many of the flowers in my photos were hers as she loved me photographing them.

“Her kindness to me and others even when she was in pain herself was incredible.

“I pray she is now with her beautiful brother and her lovely mother. Rest in peace dear Mel.”

Shirlie Kemp with her husband Martin Kemp
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George Michael with sister Melanie Panayiotou
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Shirlie launched off working with George in the 1980s, starting as a backing dancer with Wham! before going on to launch her own pop career as part of singing duo Pepsi & Shirlie

She remained close to George over the years and was even named as one of the beneficiaries in his will following his death on Christmas Day 2016.

Melanie’s death remains shrouded in mystery after a representative for George confirmed the sad news of to the Mirror yesterday.

“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.

Melanie died on Christmas Day
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George was just 53 when he died suddenly at his home on Christmas Day in 2016
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“There will be no further comments.”

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.

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

Pepsi & Shirlie back in 1985
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“A report will be compiled for the Coroner into the circumstances.”

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 other sister Yioda when he died aged 53 from heart and fatty liver disease.

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