The family of pop sensation George Michael has asked fans to take down tributes left outside the singer’s two homes.
The Wham! star was found dead at his riverside house in Goring on Christmas Day 2016.
Impromptu memorials at the south Oxfordshire home and at his Highgate home in north London have become international tourist attractions.
But in a post on his official website, his family said he “would not want to disturb or change the quiet neighbourhoods he so loved”.
They asked fans pick up their tributes, which include flowers and framed pictures of the singer, by May 27.
The statement asked Michael fans, who call themselves Lovelies, to make donations to charity instead, “so we can return both Mill Cottage [in Goring] and The Grove to their former simple state”.
Michael’s father Jack Panos, sisters Mel and Yioda Panayiotou, and his friend David Austin said in the statement they were “touched by your many tributes celebrating and remembering” him.
They added: “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.”
It is not yet known how this will impact Michael’s birthday on June 25, with fans from around the world expected to visit Goring to pay their respects.