George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou is remembered in wake at late star's Highgate home

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George Michael's sister Melanie Panayiotou was remembered by loved ones on Thursday at a wake held at the late Wham! star's Highgate home in North London.

Guests including Martin Kemp, his wife Shirlie and son Roman were spotted gathering outside the Grade II listed mansion as they led the heartbroken mourners.

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Melanie, who died on Christmas Day aged 59 exactly three years after her brother, is said to have been buried earlier on Thursday, it is not known where it took place.

Wearing all-black, Martin, George's former back-up singer Shirlie and Roman led the devastated arrivals at George's former Highgate home, which was left for Melanie after his shock 2016 death.

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The trio are said to have joined fellow celebrities and loved ones at the intimate wake held at the iconic mansion, which has been inundated with tributes from heartbroken fans.

Shirlie found fame in the 1980s as a backing dancer with Wham! and she was one of seven named beneficiaries in George's will - in addition to the late singer's family.

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It comes after it was reported in December that Melanie would be buried alongside her brother's unmarked grave at Highgate Cemetery, where the late siblings' mother is also buried.

A source said she will 'definitely' get a headstone, unlike George as his family does not want it to become a mecca for fans.

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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.'

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The family has already had to deal with overzealous fans crowding outside his home and leaving flowers and memorabilia,...
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