Belfast Telegraph

Tuesday 16 September 2014

George Michael admitted to hospital

George Michael is in hospital suffering from pneumonia, his publicist has said

George Michael is in hospital suffering from pneumonia.

The 48-year-old singer has cancelled a string of appearances on his Symphonica tour while he is being treated.

George's publicist Connie Filippello said in a statement that he had been "diagnosed with pneumonia and he is currently receiving treatment".

Austria's state broadcaster reported that he was being treated in Vienna's AKH hospital.

George was due to appear at the Stadthalle in Vienna on Monday but cancelled two hours before the concert was due to start. He was due to perform in Strasbourg last night and at Cardiff's Motorpoint Arena on Saturday and Sunday but those shows have all been postponed "due to his ongoing illness", a statement on the singer's official website said.

Ticketholders have been told that concerts will be rescheduled and Ms Filippello said new dates "will be provided when available".

It is not the first time that George has been forced to disappoint his fans due to ill health.

He pulled out of appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26 when he suffered a viral infection and high temperature. The concert has now been rescheduled for May 2 at the same venue.

George announced his European tour in May - three years after he said he would quit live performance.

At the time, the singer - who spent a month in prison for drug driving last year - told a press conference at the Royal Opera House in London: "I felt very re-energised after my recent troubles, I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist."

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