The family of late singer George Michael have recently asked fans to remove tribute’s from all of his former homes. The two locations in Highgate, London and Going-on-Thames, Oxfordshire had memorial areas created by fans outside the premies, with flower messages and candles to commemorate his passing.
George Michael died in his Oxfordshire home on Christmas Day 2016, from what was discovered to be heart disease and a build up of fat in his liver. He was later buried in a private funeral at Highgate Cemetery, three months after his death.
While his family are touched by the memorials, they have requested for them to now be taken down, saying that George “would not want to disturb” the neighbours.
The singer’s family members, including sisters Mel and Yioda Panayiotou, his father Jack Panos, and friend David Austin wrote up a statement on the official site.
“We’ve been touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering Yog (George’s family nickname), reminding us how very much he is missed and loved.”
“We feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Going neighbours to continue to accept as normality, the memorials so personal to you all, to remain as and where they are any longer, although we do appreciate your recent efforts to minimise their impact.”
The family have asked for the tributes to be taken down by May 27th at the latest, so that the properties can be returned “to their former simple state”. They’ve also told fans to “leave any you wish us to have”, suggesting they’ll remove any tributes that are not collected by the deadline.
“Yog liked his privacy, his homes were true havens for him (such a Cancerian!) and, ultimately, long term, we know he would not want to disturb or change the quiet neighbourhoods he so loved, for the people in the local area, who honestly, despite reports otherwise, have been gracious and very understanding.” the statement continues.
They asked that his fans (aka “lovelies” as they call them) instead to make a donation or volunteer at a charity, before concluding the statement saying that they’re hoping to get back to fans on more ways and ideas to remember the singer in future. So, whilst the memorials have touched everyone, it is now time for them to be removed out of respect to George Michael and his neighbours.
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