George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou will be buried alongside her brother’s unmarked grave, it has been claimed today.
A source said she will ‘definitely’ get a headstone, unlike George as his family does not want it to become a mecca for fans.
George Michael’s sister Melanie Panayiotou will be buried alongside her mother’s grave and her brother’s unmarked plot
Melanie Panayiotou died on Christmas Day exactly three years after her brother George Michael
They told the Daily Star Sunday: ‘George still doesn’t have a gravestone three years after his death, and it’s going to stay that way.
‘Now that they will also have to visit the family plot to mourn Melanie, they don’t want to be wading through fans and their tributes just to pay respect to the growing number of their tragic loved ones.’
The family has already had to deal with overzealous fans crowding outside his home and leaving flowers and memorabilia, turning it into a shrine.
They have paid for extra security at his grave and even feared grave robbers.
Following George’s death at his home in Goring-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, in 2016, Ms Panayiotou, who never married and had no children, shared the £98 million fortune left in his will with older sister Yioda.
Her body was found at her £6.2 million home in Hampstead, North London, previously owned by her brother.
When George later began a well publicised battle with drugs and alcohol, Melanie Panayiotou devoted herself to preventing him being consumed by his demons
The cause of Ms Panayiotou’s death is unknown but police are not treating it as suspicious.
Sources say she had become a near recluse in her final years since her brother’s untimely death.
As well as travelling the world with George, the hairdresser became a regular on the London nightclub scene in the early 1990s.
Like her brother, however, she was devastated by the death of their mother Lesley in 1997.
When George later began a well publicised battle with drugs and alcohol, she devoted herself to preventing him being consumed by his demons.
Sources say she was ‘heartbroken’ and in ‘desperate pain’ when she failed.
Earlier, George’s backing singer Shirlie Kemp paid tribute to Melanie, describing her as ‘one of the kindest most considerate of others I had ever met’.
She added: ‘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.’
Kemp, who is married to former Spandau Ballet bassist and singer Martin Kemp, found fame in the 1980s as a backing dancer with Wham! and she was one of seven named beneficiaries in his will – in addition to George’s family.