Over the past several days the rumours over the health status of British pop singershave run amok. Updates have given the singer’s health from improving to near death.
Michael began an extensive tour – Symphonica – The Orchestral Tour – back in August. After performing 35 shows, Michael was forced to postpone his first Royal Albert Hall performance on October 26 due to what a doctor called a viral infection. Michael returned to the stage two days later; but was again forced to postpone shows beginning November 21 Michael again sought the advice of a doctor and was told he had a chest infection and again had to postpone his show.
Michael was subsequently diagnosed with pneumonia and was hospitalized in Vienna and the remained of the tour has been put off…at least for now. As to the status of George Michael since his hospitalization the British tabloids have issued notices of gravely ill, on a ventilator, and near death. The wildly varying stories have prompted the doctors who are treating Michael – Professor Gottfired Locker and Professor Christoph Zielinski to issue a statement regarding Michael’s health status, “Mr. Michael is being treated here for pneumonia and nothing else. The latest development in Mr. Michael’s case – which has evolved from a servere pneumococcal infection – necessitated intensive care due to its severity and extension. We are happy to announce that Mr. Michael is improving steadily with an impressive regression of pneumonic symptoms and follows a steady rate of improvement as hoped. There are no other health issues with regards to the patient.”
The doctors went on to say, “Mr. Michael is receiving precisely the same treatment as any ordinary patient in Austria would receive at the hospital for this disease.” The doctors emphasized that complete peace and quiet for Michael is mandatory.
The Grammy Award winning Michael has sold some 100 million albums around the world and was selling out concert halls on his most recent tour prior to his illness. Michael has expressed his disappointment over having to postpone his concert dates.