Information at this time (7.30pm UK time, Wed 23 Nov) is sketchy. However, news reports are saying that George Michael has been admitted to hospital with suspected pneumonia and heart problems. There is no getting away from the fact that this is potentially very serious. As yet, though, there has been no official statement about George’s condition (Update: the heart problem reports are incorrect according to George’s UK publicist). Update: The good news is – some of George’s friends on Twitter (Shirlie and Martin Kemp) have been saying positive things about George’s condition. So, for the moment, let’s just hope that all George needs to make a full recovery is a good long rest.
Currently, only George’s shows up to this weekend have been cancelled. If he has pneumonia, it will really wipe him out, and I’d imagine that all the shows until Christmas will have to be cancelled too. (Update Friday evening – all the remaining shows have indeed been cancelled)
Update – Thursday
Reports suggest that George is responding well to treatment, has been discharged from hospital, and is now recovering in a private house in Vienna. If true, that sounds like very good news.
Update – Friday
The latest reports in the media are conflicting both each other, and with yesterday’s reports. Some suggest George has “woken up” in hospital and is in good spirits. Others suggest he’s in intensive care being treated for both pneumonia and serious heart problems. Others are saying that George will be back on stage at the beginning of next week. It’s impossible to tell which, if any, of these reports are correct. The only thing we can be sure of is that at least some of them are wrong, and it looks to me like some are disingenuous.
Update – Friday Afternoon
The press reports coming out of Vienna are very bad indeed. However, there is no way of knowing if they’re accurate. Meanwhile, ContactMusic has quoted an official representative for George as saying today that George’s condition is not life threatening.