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George Michael’s family share amazing throwback pic of him as a kid

George Michael’s family share amazing throwback pic of him as a kid

George Michael in the video for White Light

George Michael’s family have paid tribute to the late pop icon, sharing a throwback photo of him as a child.

The Faith singer died on Christmas Day 2016 of natural causes at the age of 53.

The shot was shared by George’s sisters Melanie and Yioda Panayiotou and his father Jack Panayiotou.

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‘We are not alone in our mourning’

They also shared a long message to George’s fans along with the photo. ‘This Christmas will be hard without him,’ they wrote. ‘But we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss.’

The adorable photo of George [left] as an infant strikes a different tone to the darker tribute posted by his former partner Fadi Fawaz on Christmas Day.

He posted a poem along with an image shows Fawaz’s face superimposed against a black and white image of Michael’s face, with a bloody tear furthermore running from Fawaz’s eye.

The message from George Michael’s family in full:

Hi Everyone,

Can’t believe it is the end of the year, where has it gone…?!

We want to thank you firstly for making Listen Without Predjudice Number One again, we were happy, and sad all at the same time…He’d have absolutely LOVED it!!

Can’t you just see that beaming smile and hear him say ‘Thank you my Lovelies’?

He was so happy to be giving you MTV Unplugged which he knew you had wanted… he really loved that magical night and it showed didn’t it, in his stunning, joyous performance…

This year has been a series of new and tough challenges for those of us close and loyal to Yog, not least of which was steeling ourselves this month, to hear ‘Last Christmas’ and ‘December Song’ streaming out of shops, cars, and radios, as it has done for decades, knowing he’s no longer here with us, missing him.

This Christmas will be hard without him, but we know that we are not alone in our mourning the anniversary of his loss, and that the sadness of our wider family, and true friends, is shared by many of you.

We are at ‘that age’ and realise that this year many of you will have had difficult losses too.

Yog, who loved Christmas, and always hoped it would snow… would want each of you that admired and loved him, (yes—he knows you did!!) to take a moment, raise a glass, enjoy his music and think of him fondly, making sure to enjoy your time with, and appreciate your family and friends.

As we all know Christmas is not always easy, life isn’t perfect, and families are complicated…

Yog shared his music with all of us, and many of you connected deeply with his words, yet in life, many hold their own important words and feelings inside, as so often they are the hardest to say out loud.

So if you can, in his memory this year, take a moment and a deep breath and say those ‘I Love You’s’ out loud. We all think there is time, don’t we? – but, just maybe, it’s later than you think…

Have a good Christmas everyone…and as our darling Yog would say…

“Take Care”

Melanie, Yioda, Jack & David — looking up

…Yog, Lesley, Anselmo, Hippy, Mo & Meg — smiling down