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George Michael unvieled as secret Christmas lights benefactor after death

George Michael’s estate is reportedly still donating cash to ensure Highgate – where the late singer lived – is covered in festive lights over the Christmas period

George Michael laid to rest at Highgate cemetery

George Michael has continued to light up the neighbourhood of Highgate after his death.

The musician – who rose to fame in Wham! – died at the age of 53 on Christmas Day 2016 and despite his passing his estate is still funding festive decorations in London’s Highgate, where the Fast Lover singer lived.

Hitmaker George resided in a stunning Grade II listed building in north London from 2002 until his death and is buried at the cemetery there.

And as a special token of his love for the area the star reportedly ensured that the money was left to spread Christmas cheer in the leafy residential area following his untimely passing.

The star anonymously paid for the Highgate festive tree and was the largest private sponsor of the fair before his death on Christmas Day 2016.

And Ham&High report that the estate agent firm, Prickett & Ellis Estate Agents, that is organising the lighting this year have revealed that George was the secret donor behind the bright displays – and still is.

Chris Underhill, who works for the house selling company told the publication: “George Michael was our secret benefactor for many years, and he loved the Christmas lights. Luckily, his estate continues to support us even after his death.”

George Michael died on Christmas Day in 2016
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The Mirror has contacted the estate for George Michael for comment.

George died of a heart attack and liver complications and the house was bequeathed to his father Kyriacos Panayiotou, who reportedly sold it four years after it was left to him.

Last year, George’s family penned an emotional Christmas message to his fans four years on from his tragic death.

Following the Careless Whisper star’s death, his sister Melanie Panayiotou would post to George’s fans via his official website every festive period.

Sadly, she died suddenly on the third anniversary of his death at the age of 59, just days after sending out her message.

Last year, their sister Yioda took over and reached out to fans.

In an emotional post, she thanked George’s fans for their support following the tragic deaths of her siblings.

She penned: “Hello Everybody, Lovelies and Friends everywhere,

“At this time last year Melanie was writing to you, as she had done so beautifully since George passed away on Christmas Day 2016, to thank you all for the love and good wishes you had sent to the family in 2019.

“Melanie loved to communicate with George’s fans and Lovelies all over the world, but when she wrote… We will be swerving the bad and enjoying the good as much as we can this coming year…, none of us could have known just what a tough year 2020 would turn out to be, and none of us could have known that within a few days she would be taken from us so suddenly.

His estate is still reportedly still donating money towards Highgate’s festive lights
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The star lived in the north London area from 2002 until his passing
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“We want to thank all of you who sent us your thoughts and love last Christmas when Melanie passed away; we read every message and your words and love were a huge comfort at a time of terrible sadness.”

“There were so many beautiful messages, but one stood out for me….and thank you to the group of fans who sent it.

“Dear Melanie

“Your messages and support gave the Lovelies such strength. They motivated us to support charity and ‘pay it forward’.

“We will continue our good deeds in both your names. May you now rest in heavenly peace with George and your Mother.

“Heaven Sent Heaven Stole.

George owned a stunning mansion in north London which his father reportedly inherited after his death
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“Perfect words to close with….

“Sending hopes for a peaceful and loving Christmas break however you will be spending it.

“With love Yioda, Jack and David xxxx”

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