George Michael’s home village to throw huge celebration for 54th birthday

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George Michael’s home village is arranging a huge concert in memory of the world famous singer.

The village of Goring, Oxfordshire, was home to George Michael for many years, and where he passed away on Christmas Day.

Now his loved one and fellow villagers are throwing a huge celebration in his memory, and tickets have completely sold out.

The event will take place on what would have been Michael’s 54th birthday, 25 June.

David Wright, part of a The Bootleg Bee Gees tribute act, has organised the concert.

He told Oxfordshire Guardian: “The George Michael Tribute Band formed specially to celebrate the music of the late, great George with a charity concert on what would have been his 54th birthday in his home village, at Goring Village Hall.

“You Have Been Loved: Celebrating the life & music of George Michael concert on Sunday 25 June at Goring Village Hall is now sold out!

“Many thanks to everyone who bought a ticket, we’ll celebrate the magic of George and raise money for Childline.

“As George would say, you’re all ‘AMAZING!’”

The star was confirmed as having died from “natural causes”, despite months of tabloid speculation about drug abuse.

He spent three months unburied after investigations into his cause of death continued.

According to a coroner, the singer’s death was caused by dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver.

His burial plot, of Highgate Cemetry, by his other home in north London, is to be next to his late mother.

Michael’s beloved mother, Lesley, died exactly 20 years ago in 1997.

The star had always intended to be buried next to her, buying the burial plot ready for when the occasion came around.

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A source told the Mirror: “Lesley was George’s world so it is fitting that they should now be together.”

They added: “George would always make a big deal out of Mother’s Day.

“He loved her so much and he would spend a lot of time talking to her there.

“The cemetery has a very special place in his heart.”

The plot was cleared of flowers and leaves over the weekend ready for his burial next to his mum.

24-hour security now surrounds the plot in a bid to protect it from vandals or over zealous fans.

According to the Daily Star, the cemetery has “ramped up security” as George’s family “fear ghouls could ruin the funeral”.

George Michael’s home village to throw huge celebration for 54th birthday

Now his £105m fortune is now set to be split up between loved ones and charities.

His hairdresser sister, Melanie Panayiotou, is set to inherit his £10m mansion in north London.

The 55-year-old has already been seen living in the house according to reports in MailOnline.

Meanwhile the singer’s other older sister, Yioda Panayiotou, 57, is also reported to be receiving a large chunk of his estimated £105million fortune.

A number of charities and causes that were close to the legendary performer’s heart are expected to be recognised in the will, too.

Since his death, dozens of people have opened up about the singer’s extraordinary generosity and anonymous philanthropy, donating millions to good causes without revealing his identity.

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