Martha Stewart is sadly mourning the loss of her younger brother.
The 75-year-old TV personality lost her sibling George Christiansen when he suddenly died last week. According to Page Six, George passed away at home of a suspected heart attack after feeling ill.
“Martha lost her youngest brother, George, suddenly and unexpectedly earlier this [past] week. The family requests that you respect their privacy during this time of sorrow,” Martha’s longtime spokeswoman Susan Magrino told the entertainment news outlet in a statement on Monday, March 20.
Martha (left) with her late sister, Laura, (right).
George worked as a contractor and was reportedly very close to his older sister Martha. Prior to his death, George lived in Fairfield, CT with his wife, Rita, who worked for Martha in her Connecticut offices.
Martha and her five siblings — Frank Kostyra, Laura Plimpton, Kathryn Evans, Eric Scott, and George — were born and raised in New Jersey. Unfortunately, the businesswoman previously lost her younger sister Laura to a massive brain aneurysm in 2014. Laura was 59-years-old at the time of her death.
Martha’s mother, Martha Ruszkowski Kostyra, also recently died at age 93 in November 2007 after suffering a small stroke.
Martha’s later mother, Martha, (left) and sister Kathryn (right).
In her 2006 book, Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and her Amazing Life, Martha’s brother George candidly opened up about his family’s rural New Jersey upbringing.
“It was all about going and finding a piece of land and living off of it, learning how to get back to nature. Listening to banjos, listening to folk music, discovering Leadbelly and the Mamas and the Papas. We used to have the greatest evenings with a bunch of hospitable people. Martha would make pies and other things for the occasions,” George wrote at the time.
Our thoughts are with Martha and her extended family during this difficult time.