Geri Halliwell’s Older Brother Max Dies at 54: ‘A Difficult Time’

Max Halliwell, Geri Halliwell

Max Halliwell, Geri Halliwell

Dave M. Benett/Getty; Chris Jackson/Getty Max Halliwell and Geri Halliwell         

Geri Halliwell is mourning the sudden demise of her brother. 

On Tuesday, the previous Spice Girls‘ older brother, Max Halliwell, died in intensive care after instantly collapsing in his home in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, final week, PEOPLE can affirm. Max was 54.

“As you can imagine this is a difficult time and we would ask that you respect the family’s privacy at this time,” Geri’s rep stated in an announcement.

Max, a former communications supervisor for Mitsubishi Electric Living Environmental Systems UK, was taken to Watford General Hospital after being discovered at his home, in response to The Sun, which first reported his demise.

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“His death is being treated as non-suspicious and will be referred to the coroner,” a Hertfordshire Constabulary spokeswomen instructed the outlet. 

Geri, 49, was within the Middle East along with her husband, Formula One staff principal Christian Horner, as he ready for the Qatar Grand Prix final weekend when she realized the information of her brother’s situation. 

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In 2010, Max appeared on Piers Morgan’s Life Stories and appeared again on their earlier years, saying his sister “doted heavily on her father.”

“Maybe because of the attention that my father gave her as regards to her potential,” he stated. “He obviously saw something early on, so I’d call her a bit of a daddy’s girl, definitely.”

Their father, Lawrence, died after a coronary heart assault in 1993.

The former pop star opened up within the BBC documentary Geri’s 1990s: My Drive to Freedom about how that devastating loss, three years earlier than “Wannabe” propelled the Spice Girls to stardom, sparked her need to succeed.

“I was just in my own little zone, what really threw me was in the November period [when] my father died. I was almost paralyzed by grief, I didn’t have the right sort of tools to process it,” Geri stated then. 

“I have this theory, I don’t know if it’s true, but I think success comes from three things,” she stated. “One is preparation, one is opportunity and one is need. I think my father’s death gave me the need, that death energy.”

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