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Friday 26 December 2014

George Michael leaves hospital

Former Wham! singer George Michael has left hospital
Former Wham! singer George Michael has left hospital

George Michael has left hospital after being treated for injuries following a bizarre incident on the M1 motorway.

The star was airlifted to hospital with a head injury after falling from his vehicle on to the road earlier this month, although his publicist Connie Filipello initially said his injuries were ''superficial cuts and bruises''.

A statement on his website said: "We can confirm that George Michael has been discharged from hospital and continues to rest and recuperate. He is well and thanks everyone for all the messages of support."

An eyewitness who was behind the 49-year-old singer's vehicle told The Sun she saw him lying on the road surface smeared with blood.

Katherine Fox said she had been told the former Wham! star had tried to adjust his door because it was not properly closed and had fallen out.

Describing his appearance she told the paper: ''There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock.''

George was treated at the scene and then taken to hospital by air ambulance following the accident, the latest car drama for the troubled singer.

The singer was close to death only 18 months ago after being struck down with pneumonia in Vienna, but he fought back to perform again.

In 2010, he received an eight-week prison sentence following an incident the previous July in which he crashed his Range Rover into a shop in north London.

He was also given a five-year driving ban after he pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of drugs and possessing cannabis. And he had earlier been banned from driving for two years and sentenced to 100 hours of community service in 2006 when he was convicted of driving while unfit through drugs after he was found collapsed in his Mercedes.

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