- Publish Date
- Tuesday, 28 July 2020, 9:40AM
Pop megastar George Michael's sister, Melanie Panayiotou, passed away on the third anniversary of the late musician's death in 2019.
Melanie was found dead at her home in London on Christmas Day, the same day the 'Faith' singer, passed away in 2016 at the age of 53 from heart and liver disease.
Her cause of death had been a mystery, with one family friend claiming she had "died of a broken heart."
However, it has now been revealed the hairdresser died after falling into a diabetic coma as a result of diabetic ketoacidosis, which is caused by a lack of insulin and high blood sugar.
The post-mortem, carried out in March this year, was certified by Assistant Coroner for Inner London North, Jonathan Stevens.
The post-mortem report also recorded that other contributing factors to Melanie's death included hypertensive heart disease, obesity and bronchopneumonia.
At the time of her passing, a statement from the Metropolitan Police read: "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."
The hairdresser was reportedly found by her older sister Yioda Panayiotou and has since been buried in an unmarked grave next to the 'Careless Whisper' hitmaker and their mother at Highgate Cemetery.