Our thoughts and prayers are with Martha Stewart after her tragic and unexpected loss.
The 75-year-old lifestyle guru and TV show host is mourning her younger brother's death. George Christiansen died last week at his home in Fairfield, CT. He was 65 years old.
Susan Magrino, Stewart's longtime spokeswoman, confirmed Christiansen's death with Page Six. His cause of death is suspected to be a heart attack.
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According to Page Six, Christiansen, a contractor, was close with his older sister, even helping to remodel Stewart's home, Turkey Hill.
Christiansen is quoted as saying this about his and Stewart's childhood in the book Being Martha: The Inside Story of Martha Stewart and Her Amazing Life: "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.”
That Stewart has not said anything about Christiansen's death is perhaps a sign of her deep pain and sadness right now. This is the second time she has experienced a sibling's death in the past few years. Stewart's sister, Laura Kostyra Plimpton, died in 2014 at age 59 after suffering a brain aneurysm.
We're keeping Stewart and Christiansen's family in our thoughts and prayers right now.
Before her modeling career, Martha Stewart did what a lot of young girls do to make some extra money: she babysat. But Stewart was watching some very well-known people's children, including New York Yankees greats Mickey Mantle and Yogi Berra.