George Michael – Michael has postponed all his remaining 2011 tour dates as he recovers from pneumonia, the singer’s publicist said Friday. The singer was hospitalized in Vienna, Austria earlier this week. A statement from publicist Connie Filippello said the 48-year-old star “is responding to treatment and slowly improving.”
The statement also said he “is ill with pneumonia and any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue,” the statement said.
Two Austrian doctors treating George said he had “severe community acquired pneumonia,” but “his condition has stabilized 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. He had played 45 dates on his “Symphonica” European tour before falling ill.
He gained mega-stardom in his early 20s as half of Wham! and went on to a successful solo career. As one of the world’s best-selling music artists, Michael has sold over 100 million records worldwide as of 2010.
His 1987 debut solo album, Faith, has sold over 25 million copies worldwide and made several records and achievements in the United States. George Michael has garnered seven number one singles in the UK and eight number one hits on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked him the 40th most successful artist on the “The Billboard Hot 100 Top All-Time Artists”.