“We are able to verify that very tragically Melanie has handed away out of the blue,” the household’s lawyer, John Reid, mentioned in an announcement on Friday.”We’d merely ask that the household’s privateness be revered at this very unhappy time.”
London’s Metropolitan Police mentioned in an announcement to CNN that emergency providers have been known as to a house in north London on Wednesday night on account of “experiences of the sudden demise of a lady, aged in her 50s.”
“The demise will not be being handled as suspicious by police,” the assertion mentioned, including that the coroner will compile a report into the circumstances surrounding her demise.
Panayiotou’s demise got here three years after Michael, 53, died out of the blue in 2016 on Christmas Day. He left behind a listing of hits, together with “Careless Whisper” and “Religion,” and the Wham! tracks”Wake Me Up Earlier than You Go-Go” and “Final Christmas.”
An inquest attributed Michael’s demise to “pure causes.”
The singer-songwriter, who shot to fame within the 1980s as one half of pop band Wham!, amassed a noteworthy and beneficial assortment throughout his lifetime.
Simply 48 hours earlier than her demise, Panayiotou had issued a joint assertion on Michael’s web site.
“We will likely be swerving the dangerous and having fun with the great as a lot as we are able to this coming 12 months,” the assertion mentioned, whereas additionally bearing on the “energy” of Michael’s songs.
“We all know how a lot his lyrics can provide assist when issues are robust and assist rejoice when instances are good and life goes effectively… and that’s simply as highly effective now as if he have been nonetheless with us and as a lot of you say in your messages, it’s a present,” it mentioned.
“It appears essential that his generosity of spirit and pure empathy have touched you in a manner that may have him embarrassed, all of your sort phrases are actually good to listen to and we all know you might have all the time identified his true coronary heart.”