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George Michael’s family ask fans to remove tributes from musician’s homes

By | Published on Thursday 3 May 2018

George Michael

The family of George Michael have asked fans to stop leaving tributes outside the musician’s homes in London and Oxfordshire, and to remove any tributes that have been recently placed there.

Said tributes continue to be placed outside the star’s former properties more than a year after his death on Christmas Day 2016. Saying that they were “touched” by the items left by fans, the family added that they “know [George] would not want to disturb or change the quiet neighbourhoods he so loved”.

The statement on Michael’s official website says: “We’ve been touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering [George], reminding us how very much he is missed and loved. However, we feel we cannot expect our Highgate and Goring 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”.

“[George] liked his privacy”, they add. “His homes were true havens for him 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 family ask that items be removed by 27 May. Any left after this date, they add, will be taken away and kept elsewhere. Attempting to dissuade new tributes, they ask that fans donate money to charity instead.