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.
24.com publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.
British comedian, Jimmy Carr, made a highly controversial joke while presenting an award at the Q Awards in London. Read More »
Photobomb beat vape, preload and al desko to become 2014 Word of the Year, Collins English Dictionary has said. Read More »
Guns N' Roses guitarist!
New music video!
Great gig pics!
Watch it here!
See the line-up!
Cape TownE-Merge IT RecruitmentR420 000 - R600 000 Per Year
JohannesburgE-Merge IT RecruitmentR650 000 Per Year
Cape TownE-Merge IT RecruitmentR350 Per Hour
HousesR 2 700 000
HousesR 995 000
HousesR 4 000 000