George Michael cancels rest of 2011 tour

2011-11-26 09:26

London - George Michael has postponed all his remaining 2011 tour dates as he recovers from pneumonia, the singer's publicist said on Friday.

Michael was hospitalised in Vienna, Austria earlier this week. A statement from publicist Connie Filippello said the 48-year-old former Wham! singer "is responding to treatment and slowly improving".

Michael "is ill with pneumonia and any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue", the statement said.

Two Austrian doctors treating Michael said he had "severe community acquired pneumonia", but "his condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment".

They said he needed time to regain his strength.

"From the current point of view, the time until recovery cannot be estimated, but he will not be able to perform the rest of the tour," Dr Christoph Zielinski and Dr Thomas Staudinger said in a statement.

"Besides medical treatment, complete rest, and peace and quiet are mandatory."

The singer has postponed dates in Liverpool, Sheffield, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham, Manchester and London. The statement said the concerts would be rescheduled.

Michael gained mega-stardom in his early 20s as half of Wham! and went on to a successful solo career. His first solo album, 1987's Faith sold 20 million copies.

Michael had played 45 dates on his "Symphonica" European tour before falling ill.

Comments

  • Helen - 2011-11-26 11:38

    Why hide it the whole world knows his sexual preferance and what goes with it,pneumonia doesn't take foever to beat unless there is an underlying cause,which is obviously the case with Mr Michael.

      Phoenix - 2011-11-27 07:31

      1. More heteros are HIV+ than homos. Just because you are gay does not mean you are HIV+ 2. Having said that, he is most likely HIV+ since his bf died in 1993 from AIDS related complications. It isn't a secret. Maybe he isn't hiding it. Maybe he just wants some privacy because it really has nothing to do with anyone else. How about you trying to recuperate from something like this while the world media is full of judgemental statements like this one posted by you.

  • dentdoctorr - 2011-11-27 07:56

    That's what happens when boys shower with boys & OMO

  • sas.kloppers - 2011-11-27 10:13

    Aids.

  • Preshen - 2011-11-28 14:50

    A man was in hospital with a chocolate ball stuck up his anus ,George Michael was careless with his whispers

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