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George Michael 'in hospital with pneumonia, heart problems'

BRITISH singer George Michael is being treated in a hospital in Vienna for suspected pneumonia and heart problems, Austrian television channel ORF reported overnight, without citing sources.

The 48-year-old has cancelled a number of concerts, including ones in Vienna on Monday, in Strasbourg, France on Wednesday and in Cardiff, Wales this weekend because of an "ongoing illness," according to his official website.

The former Wham! star has performed about 45 shows to date as part of his "Symphonica - The Orchestral Tour" that began in August.

by Anonymousreply 37712/28/2012

Oh gosh, yeah, I think I know what that is. Sucks.

by Anonymousreply 111/23/2011

untreated strep leading to rheumatic fever. If it were HIV, there wouldn't need to be heart problems.

by Anonymousreply 211/23/2011

I never thought he was sexy. He had an ugly face, bad teeth, and had TDF.

by Anonymousreply 511/23/2011

Reads like he has the same illness which claimed Jim Henson's life.

by Anonymousreply 611/23/2011

Jim Henson had AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 711/23/2011

Just opened a bottle of Beringer pinto grigio. It's disgusting. I went to their winery in Napa once, and it tasted better there.

by Anonymousreply 811/23/2011

r7, link.

by Anonymousreply 911/23/2011

R8 link to winery

by Anonymousreply 1011/23/2011

I love GM. I was a little girl when he was part of WHAM and thought he was a God. I hope he recovers.

by Anonymousreply 1111/23/2011

Oh my goodness, wrong thread.

On topic however, when I was in 4th grade in 1985 we had to write an essay about our favorite bands and why.

Mine were Hall & Oates and Wham! Oh yeah. I got an A, motherfucker.

by Anonymousreply 1211/23/2011

r5, what is TDF? Theatre Development Fund?

by Anonymousreply 1311/23/2011

The heart problems part hasn't been confirmed so it may not be true.

Martin Kemp (a good friend of George's) has tweeted that George is comfortable and improving.

Best wishes for his quick recovery. I've been a fan for a long time.

by Anonymousreply 1411/23/2011

Hall & Oates did good, but Wham! was just cheesy.

by Anonymousreply 1511/23/2011

(R8) .. What the hell is "pinto grigio"?? A horse drink? If you mean Pinot Grigio, try one from Venice Italy, not Napa, California.

by Anonymousreply 1611/23/2011

It always seemed to me like he was sex-crazed and just screwed around with any old thing.

I've always wondered if he was HIV positive. It wouldn't surprise me.

by Anonymousreply 1711/23/2011

R4, I don't think George Michael has ever had money problems. You must be convincing him with yourself.

by Anonymousreply 1811/23/2011

Last Christmas may have a double meaning this year.

by Anonymousreply 1911/23/2011

Convincing him with yourself? What?

by Anonymousreply 2011/23/2011

Is he hiv pos? Wouldn't be surprised

by Anonymousreply 2111/23/2011

I wonder why he's such a self destructive mess. He's been out for a very long time. He never had to marry to pretend. He was only "straight" to the public at the height of his career. He had great success and more money than God. He had looks and youth, not to mention great talent.

What a pity.

by Anonymousreply 2211/23/2011

r22 Ever know any Greek gays? It's the whole rejection by the Macho father that fucks them up.

by Anonymousreply 2311/23/2011

I only know he's Greek r23. I don't know anything about his family life. Did he ever talk about it?

by Anonymousreply 2411/23/2011

Oh jeez he's just a smoker with a bad cold.

by Anonymousreply 2511/23/2011

Any excuse for homophobic rants, eh, folks?

by Anonymousreply 2611/23/2011

R4 = Kenny Goss on a bender in rehab.

by Anonymousreply 2711/23/2011

r26 what homophobic rants?

by Anonymousreply 2811/23/2011

George Michael's real name is...

Georgios Kyriacos Panayiotou

He was close to his mother (I think she passed on) is close to his and sister and has never really spoken of his father.

by Anonymousreply 2911/23/2011

Does he have "Jim Henson Syndrome"?

by Anonymousreply 3011/23/2011

The most troubling part of the story is that he was admitted to a small, private hospital but later transferred to a larger public hospital. Any hospital, even a small one, should be able to treat an uncomplicated case of pneumonia. That he was moved means more is going on than is getting into the press.

by Anonymousreply 3111/23/2011

No links anywhere?

by Anonymousreply 3211/23/2011

I hope it's not a "strep infection".

by Anonymousreply 3311/23/2011

That's all she wrote, folks!

by Anonymousreply 3411/23/2011

She's a addict whore who yarns tricks in parks. It ain't a stretch to think it could be the AID

by Anonymousreply 3511/23/2011

Here's a link from the BBC that backs up the OP's story.

by Anonymousreply 3611/23/2011

I hope not r35. I really love the guy. Can't hate on him no matter what he does. He's so obviously tormented.

by Anonymousreply 3711/23/2011

The article that mentions the transfer from one hospital to another (in German).

by Anonymousreply 3811/23/2011

His PR people were denying he was hospitalized this morning when he was in the hospital. A lot of smoke here, hard not to suspect a fire.

by Anonymousreply 3911/23/2011

Who knew he even had a heart?

by Anonymousreply 4011/23/2011

A typically mean-spirited photo essay in Murdoch-owned tabloid the Sun about GM (featuring an alluring photo of him as a young Greek god.)

by Anonymousreply 4111/23/2011

I'd forgotten how totally cute he was.

by Anonymousreply 4211/23/2011

You can only abuse your body so long before it starts to break down.

by Anonymousreply 4311/23/2011

I still think he's hot in a daddy-bear way.

by Anonymousreply 4411/23/2011

His former lover had AIDS and he has said that he's too scared to be tested. Maybe this health scare will force him to get tested finally.

by Anonymousreply 4511/23/2011

r45 That's the stupidest thing I've ever heard.

by Anonymousreply 4611/23/2011

Damn, he was hot when he was younger!

by Anonymousreply 4711/23/2011

r46, what is so stupid?

PS, please stop using the overly-used "ever" unless you are Isaac Mizrahi.

by Anonymousreply 4811/23/2011

I hope this is not the result of a drink and drugs binge with this latest hot guy he was photographed with in Venice last week ....

by Anonymousreply 4911/23/2011

Pneumonia can get serious, especially when combined with other symptoms and could lead to a stroke, particularly if smoking - it killed a friend of mine (who was also hiv) 15 years ago.

by Anonymousreply 5011/23/2011

He Has Been Loved but he is getting Older, we dont want The Sun To Go Down On Him, we gotta have Faith.

by Anonymousreply 5111/23/2011

r52, hug for thanksgiving.

I searched and he said he had a test previously, but in 2007 he said he doesn't like waiting for the results so hadn't had one in 3 years.

by Anonymousreply 5311/23/2011

Wake Me Up

Before I go-go!

by Anonymousreply 5411/23/2011

WIth his great wealth, he could have had the hottest gay men in Britain, even if he had to pay them. Yet he prefers to go wandering about a bog at night hooking up with any old fart who has his dick hanging out from his unzipped pants. There is something really wrong with the guy. This kind of sexual obsession that seems to link danger with sex (as in public restroom sex) puts back the gay movement years.

by Anonymousreply 5511/23/2011

Pneumonia, huh? I guess "liver cancer" or "a blood transfusion" would've raised too many red flags?

by Anonymousreply 5611/23/2011

r53 back at you babe.

by Anonymousreply 5711/23/2011

he has a bit of a belly now. don't some HIV patients have that? And don't flame me, there's an ad I saw recently for a drug related to it.

by Anonymousreply 5811/23/2011

I love his perfect vocal on Jesus To A Child, his song about his Brazilian lover who died of Aids, and his version of Stevie Wonder's As with that great video where he and Mary J Blige are everyone in the nightclub. That Outside video is great too, and his version of Joni's Edith and the Kingpin. Hopefully he can get over this and clean up his act.

by Anonymousreply 5911/24/2011

Aids can happen to anyone, no matter what sexuality a person is.

by Anonymousreply 6011/24/2011

"he has a bit of a belly now. don't some HIV patients have that?"

Yeah and men over 40 too. Especially ones with a love of drink.

by Anonymousreply 6111/24/2011

R59. I think 'Father Figure' and 'Kissing a Fool' are fucking beautiful. Get well George.

He was part of that group of megastars out of the '80's (George, MJ, Prince, Madonna, Janet, Whitney) who sold records in numbers today's pop stars can't even imagine ensuring a legacy following that will outlive them. Music's golden age may have been the '60's, but it's commercial peak was the '80's.

by Anonymousreply 6211/24/2011

God, that Sun article was CUNTISH. Outside of the cheesecake picture of George as a young stud, they used the worst pictures they could find, didn't they?

by Anonymousreply 6311/24/2011

"I remember in the 80's when he was one of the hottest gay guys on the planet ..."

Only to fat femme guys or those into trannies.

by Anonymousreply 6411/24/2011

Liver disease.

Yeah, that's it.

Liver disease.

by Anonymousreply 6511/24/2011

I think R18 has had a little too much Pinto Grigio!

by Anonymousreply 6611/24/2011

I always thought he was enormously creepy looking.

Looks like this will be his last Christmas and he'll be giving someone his heart but it's a diseased one? Oh. Never mind.

by Anonymousreply 6711/24/2011

[quote]has had a little too much Pinto Grigio!

And I'd say you had a bit too much Thunderbird.

by Anonymousreply 6811/24/2011

You know that nice little #1 string of hit songs that Katy Perry "achieved." George Michael did something similar & would have broken it had the idiot DJs played "I Want Your Sex" more. IWYS stopped @ #2.

And since " I Knew You Were Waiting" did go to #1, George would have racked up 6 #1s in a row...

Although his fall from grace is tragic, if anyone was the male Madonna, it was George...

by Anonymousreply 6911/24/2011

I saw him at a charity concert in London doing a rare live performance back in the early 90s and remember being blown away by his talent.

He moved to the music so well it was insanely sexy, and his live singing voice was the best I've ever heard. Most singers cannot replicate the singing quality of their recorded material live, but he could, even adding additional emotional richness. His voice was effortlessly strong, pitch perfect and rich.

It's such a shame he's had so many personal demons.

by Anonymousreply 7011/24/2011

New this morning:

"George Michael's condition worsened overnight say doctors."

by Anonymousreply 7111/25/2011

(R4) STFU, you pathetic asshole.

I hope George recovers. He has one of the most AMAZING male singing voices of all time.

by Anonymousreply 7211/25/2011

He's in rough shape. I'm pulling for him.

by Anonymousreply 7311/25/2011

OMG

Get well George!

by Anonymousreply 7411/25/2011

I'm hoping he makes it too. Has he really not been tested ? In this day and age, with the treatments available, that seems foolish.

by Anonymousreply 7511/25/2011

What does he feel about America these days?

by Anonymousreply 7611/25/2011

He's so tired of it, r76.

Haven't you heard? He's been singing Rufus Wainwright's "Going to a Town" on this tour. Beautifully! A performance of it linked below, from a week or two ago.

by Anonymousreply 7711/25/2011

My grandmother died two days ago: pneumonia and heart problems ... ! She was 86 though, but still ...

by Anonymousreply 7811/25/2011

I am convinced that R18 is confused.

by Anonymousreply 7911/25/2011

R77 - thanks for the link, beautiful .

by Anonymousreply 8011/25/2011

He has passed...

by Anonymousreply 8111/25/2011

Link, please, R81

by Anonymousreply 8211/25/2011

[quote]Although his fall from grace is tragic, if anyone was the male Madonna, it was George...

George could sing.

by Anonymousreply 8311/25/2011

link

by Anonymousreply 8411/25/2011

Get well, Georgie boy. Love you.

by Anonymousreply 8511/25/2011

Not the same George Michael.

by Anonymousreply 8611/25/2011

OMG, R84! It's true!

by Anonymousreply 8711/25/2011

r84 Asshole!!!!

by Anonymousreply 8811/25/2011

George Michael the SPORTSCASTER IS dead, not GM from Wham.

by Anonymousreply 8911/25/2011

He is insanely talented with the album "Older" being one of the best overall "pop" albums I've ever heard (he not only wrote most/all of the songs but also played most of the instruments on the album). He was also insanely handsome and still has a great stage presence and beautiful voice. I hope he recovers.

by Anonymousreply 9011/25/2011

I hope they didn't let him drive the ambulance.

by Anonymousreply 9111/25/2011

More thanks to R77 for the link. Lovely to hear GM's flawless version, great that he knows Wainwright is a genius. Get well soon George.

by Anonymousreply 9211/25/2011

Oh, he'll recover. He's probably got pneumonia because he smokes. My ex has had it a number of times (smoker).

by Anonymousreply 9311/25/2011

r93 it's a miracle he still has that voice and power (most of it anyway) inspite of smoking.

by Anonymousreply 9411/25/2011

Greek guys always age poorly.

by Anonymousreply 9511/25/2011

Most healthy people don't get pneumonia. People with compromised immune systems are among the high risk groups for pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 9611/25/2011

He also reportedly chain-smokes joints as if they were regular cigs.

by Anonymousreply 9711/25/2011

Actually R96, most healthy people do get pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 9811/25/2011

Somebody tweeted how much he looks like Cristiano Ronaldo in the younger pic in R41's link. It's true!

by Anonymousreply 9911/25/2011

He probably needs new valves...all those drugs. Talk to the former Govanator of California.

by Anonymousreply 10011/25/2011

bump for Gorgeous George.

by Anonymousreply 10111/25/2011

Put it this way, r98, healthy people who get pneumonia generally don't end up in the hospital.

by Anonymousreply 10211/25/2011

"most healthy people do get pneumonia"

R98 - Perhaps I wasn't clear enough in my comment! Most healthy people in the developed world do not get pneumonia. The key drivers for pneumonia are malnutrition, indoor air pollution, outdoor air pollution, overcrowding and tobacco use. Which is why 97% of new cases of pneumonia each year are in the developing world. HIV-infected children are 40 to 50 times more likely to develop pneumonia and are less likely to respond to treatment. Most adult deaths from acute respiratory infections are people who aged 60 or older.

by Anonymousreply 10311/25/2011

R103 nailed it. Younger healthy people do not wind up in the hospital of pneumonia.

They claim that Brittany Murphy and her husband died from pneumonia but it sounds more like a drug overdose.

I liked some of George Michael's music after Wham but now he's apparently big into drugs and loves having public sex with pretty much any man he can find when he could easily afford male prostitutes.

by Anonymousreply 10411/25/2011

I hope he has a speedy recovery.

by Anonymousreply 10511/25/2011

He has been touring Europe the past few months and singing, staying in hotel rooms, maybe meeting fans who were sick, so it's not like he was lounging in Hawaii and got it.

by Anonymousreply 10611/25/2011

R106, he's also been getting fucked by an assortment of porn actors. Who knows what else he has at this point.

by Anonymousreply 10711/25/2011

Hmm...I hope he doesn't die.

Thinking good thoughts.

by Anonymousreply 10811/25/2011

From an Austrian paper tonight, badly digitally translated.

"George Michael for the first time yesterday, woke up from the artificial deep sleep," it said in the context of the pop star, "he's in a (given the circumstances) good condition." But there are still far from clear.

Yesterday evening, reported the intensive care of the AKH Christoph Zielinski, chief of the University Hospital, and Thomas Staudinger had their say and bad news for the fans: "The time to recovery can not be determined. He will not be able to complete the rest of the tour, "The only glimmer of hope:" He responds to the treatment, his condition is improving slowly. "

One thing is certain: George Michael was in a life-threatening condition when he was admitted on Tuesday after the cancellation of his concert at the Vienna General Hospital intensive care unit. "Michael needs absolute peace now," say his friends, who have hastened to Vienna.

Michael was a "Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome" (ARDS) in the intensive care unit in the 13th Floor of the General Hospital brought - a so-called shock lung. It was especially dangerous because the lungs have severe heart arrhythmia problem came. Michael was transferred to artificial deep sleep and artificially ventilated. ARDS was probably triggered by a protracted pneumonia.

Michael was last in Venice, was smoking with his new friend, the Australian hair stylist Fadi Fawaz, on the balcony of his hotel a joint. Fawaz also traveled to Vienna, Michael visited the hospital.

He is "kinetic" treated, which means his body is fixed by vacuum foam on a science-fiction-like swing bed. By constantly swings are part of his lungs are relieved: "A common method in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome," it says.

Remain as long as the star of the clinic must be not in sight: "He wants to stay in Vienna," pointing to his management, "until he is completely healthy."

by Anonymousreply 10911/25/2011

Isn't that new guy he was seen out and about in Venice with the other day also a porn star ?

by Anonymousreply 11011/25/2011

[quote]The key drivers for pneumonia are malnutrition, indoor air pollution, outdoor air pollution, overcrowding and tobacco use.

There must be at least one other "driver" because I had pneumonia and none of those key drivers fit me.

by Anonymousreply 11111/25/2011

It looks like he will get over this - thank heavens. One can imagine how the sob sisters on the trashy papers would play it if he died, blaming it on his gay lifestyle - just like they did with dear little Stephen Gatley of Boyzone a few years ago, compared to George Stephen was an innocent.

by Anonymousreply 11211/25/2011

I hope his recovery goes well.

This is interesting:

[quote]He is "kinetic" treated, which means his body is fixed by vacuum foam on a science-fiction-like swing bed. By constantly swings are part of his lungs are relieved: "A common method in patients with adult respiratory distress syndrome," it says.

I'm curious how that's set up.

by Anonymousreply 11311/25/2011

sMOKING kILLS

by Anonymousreply 11411/25/2011

Yes, he's also a porn star R110.

by Anonymousreply 11511/25/2011

All the coke fucks up your heart.

by Anonymousreply 11611/25/2011

He's been a heavy cigarette and pot smoker for decades.

by Anonymousreply 11711/25/2011

it all sounds just a little too liz taylor doncha think?

by Anonymousreply 11811/25/2011

Does he have pneumocystis or pneumococcal pneumonia? Pneumocystis (PCP) has been the most common opportunistic infection and the most common pneumonia since the beginning of the AIDS epidemic. While PCP used to be fatal for many HIV+ people, it is now preventable and treatable. Drugs to prevent PCP are recommended for all HIV+ people with CD4 cell counts below 200. Treatment:

Antibiotics including: TMP/SMX (Bactrim or Septra) Dapsone plus trimethoprim Pentamidine Atovaquone (Mepron) First choice treatment is TMP/SMX, but many are allergic to the sulfa contained in the drug (desensitization may be used to overcome allergic reactions) Prednisone can be used along with antibiotics Usually treated for three weeks To prevent recurrence, a person stays on prophylaxis as long as the CD4 count is below 200.

Anyone can be vaccinated for pneumococcal pneumonia, but there is not one for PCP.

by Anonymousreply 11911/25/2011

No. Community acquired pneumonia is caused by an infective agent from "out there", the community.

Most people already have the yeast or bacterium that causes pneumocystis pneumonia living in their lungs asymptomatically. If you're immunocompromised, it can cause a an opportunistic infection: pneumocystis pneumonia. The infective agent comes from within you. Or something like that.

by Anonymousreply 12011/25/2011

What R111 said. I'm GMs age and I had pneumonia last year. I was working my ass off, got sick and ignored it until I dropped.

Maybe it's the same for him.

I can see why it's easy to put 2 + 2 together after reading all the stories about his behaving recklessly, but I would caution people about jumping to conclusions. That's how certain stereotypes get perpetuated, like HIV is a gay disease. If he were straight and landed in the hospital with pneumonia you wouldn't be saying that.

Maybe his wreckless ass just got pneumonia. It does happen, despite what R103 & R104 say.

by Anonymousreply 12111/25/2011

It's the fact that he's got the severe form of this pneumonia that's so unusual. It's much more common in the elderly.

by Anonymousreply 12211/25/2011

[quote] Most healthy people don't get pneumonia.

Not necessarily. Older people get pneumonia because it's usually hospital acquired, but there are other types. I know one guy who got pneumonia from a typical cold. He ignored it, and it nearly killed him. He was in hospital for six weeks recovering.

GM probably had a nasty cold virus and it got a grip on his lungs (there is a particular nasty cold virus lingering around London at the moment... it took me four weeks to shift it).

by Anonymousreply 12311/26/2011

I like how English people say 'shift it' instead of 'get over it' when referring to an illness.

by Anonymousreply 12411/26/2011

r122, what about the years of drug use that have probably taken a toll on his body. All the plastic surgery/botox affects the system, too.

I don't think it's hysterical or homophobic to assume AIDS, but there are other possiblities.

by Anonymousreply 12511/26/2011

He's dating a porn star? Good for him. What's his name? Is he English?

by Anonymousreply 12611/26/2011

I'm a bit surprised to read all the hateful, judgmental stuff in this thread.

by Anonymousreply 12711/26/2011

[quote]"The time to recovery can not be determined. He will not be able to complete the rest of the tour, "The only glimmer of hope"

Most depressing tour ever.

by Anonymousreply 12811/26/2011

"wreckless"

Oh, dear.

by Anonymousreply 12911/26/2011

[quote][R103] nailed it. Younger healthy people do not wind up in the hospital of pneumonia.

Gerard Depardieu's son died of pneumonia. It's more common than you think.

by Anonymousreply 13011/26/2011

What a drama queen!

by Anonymousreply 13111/26/2011

[quote]Gerard Depardieu's son died of pneumonia. It's more common than you think.

Depardieu's son had a long-running drug and alcohol problem, on top of having had his leg amputated for a post-traumatic infection that would not quit. Not really a good example of a young, healthy person succumbing to pneumonia.

by Anonymousreply 13211/26/2011

His lifestyle lent to his resistance being very low. He drinks, smokes, does drugs of varying sorts, and he has been pushing himself on tour. That is a recipe for disaster health wise.

by Anonymousreply 13311/26/2011

I know this sounds awful, but if it was Elton John, I wouldn't give a shit.

But GM....... I hope he gets better soon.

by Anonymousreply 13411/26/2011

Depardue's son is dead? I thought he lost his leg in a motorcycle accident...I didn't remember he died.

by Anonymousreply 13511/26/2011

I'm also surprised that posters here are so judgmental. Have none of them enjoyed a wild life, before they turned into spinsters?

by Anonymousreply 13611/26/2011

Today, we have this, from The Vienna Times:

Doctors treating singer George Michael on the 13th floor of the Vienna AKH general hospital say his condition has worsened overnight ... He was taken by ambulance to the city's top Rudolfiner private hospital in the 19th district of the city, where a decision was taken to move him to the main general hospital - the AKH.

The hospital refused to say why the star was moved but it is believed it was decided that the singer's condition was so acute that it would be better if he was moved to the AKH - the biggest in Europe and where many of the continent's top medical experts are based because of the advanced facilities it offers for research as well as treatment.

... [Michael] is currently in intensive care on the 13th floor of the red tower as a result of heart problems believed to be caused by the shortage of oxygen caused by his pneumonia.

On Thursday afternoon he was fitted into a special full-body bed designed to keep all the pressure off his lungs and to help them to function - so far without any sign of improvement.

by Anonymousreply 13711/26/2011

I say we gather the Von Trapp children to go and sing songs outside his bedroom window. Nothing cheers a person up, and gets them onto the recovery road than a rousing rendition of "Lonely Goatherd."

by Anonymousreply 13811/26/2011

Pneumonia is code for many things.

This is actually the first time I can post second-hand gossip from a true insider: this is very, very grim.

Like Amy Winehouse grim.

by Anonymousreply 13911/26/2011

So it's code for what in this case, R139?

by Anonymousreply 14011/26/2011

r139, who's your source and what do you know?

There are hugely conflicting stories about his condition out there. Half are basically that he's within hours or days of death, the other half that he's improving daily and out of danger.

I'm a longtime fan, and this is getting hellish. Spill.

by Anonymousreply 14111/26/2011

It sounds very bad. What kind of pneumonia is it? Is it pneumonia or is it congestive heart trouble?

by Anonymousreply 14211/26/2011

Should George not recover stand by for a deluge of features blaming his gay lifestyle. It won't be pleasant.

I want to dig out his Older album and luxuriate in it again, its a brilliant concept album written by a gay man from a gay point of views.

by Anonymousreply 14311/26/2011

George is fine. He sends his love.

by Anonymousreply 14411/26/2011

I have to say I love GM and hope he pulls through. For all his foibles, he still has a very soulful voice, which I love. I'm going to dig out my GM music today, too.

by Anonymousreply 14611/27/2011

Musto says it's not AIDS.

by Anonymousreply 14711/27/2011

Wow, a lot of compassionless pricks here.

I thought we had a better community than what has been represented here.

by Anonymousreply 14811/27/2011

The German newspaper Bild (like the Dailymail) says in its online version, that the next 48 hours are critical.

Translation:

Ill George Michael:

His doctors: the next 48 hours are critical

Does he have to stay in the hospital til Christmas?

From the article: there is no all-clear yet, doctors speak of a "serious" illness. The People reported that a special bed got delivered, this sort of bed is used in the most extreme cases of pneumonia. Apparently his partner Fadi Fawaz, ex-partner Kenny Goss and multiple family members are at his side. The doctors are confident that he will be fine, and his partner (who was born in Austria) said that "George is laughing already. Everyone sends him the best wishes."

by Anonymousreply 14911/27/2011

I wonder if he's on a respirator? If he's really as sick as they say with pneumonia, then he would be on one.

by Anonymousreply 15011/27/2011

[quote]"George is laughing already. Everyone sends him the best wishes."

Seriously, though, that's almost invariably a horrible sign.

Alarms should go off whenever a critically-ill person is described as "laughing already".

by Anonymousreply 15111/27/2011

You know what's a worse sign? When Elton John calls you his "angel", then dedicates "Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me" to you.

Jesus Christ George, hang in there!

by Anonymousreply 15211/28/2011

I feel bad for him...if someone has to be sick and suffering, why not George Bush or Donald Rumsfeld?

by Anonymousreply 15311/28/2011

Austrian papers are saying he's on a heart/lung machine.

by Anonymousreply 15411/28/2011

R154, that would be a respirator.

by Anonymousreply 15511/28/2011

no, not a respirator. a heart/lung ecmo-type thing.

by Anonymousreply 15611/28/2011

I thought heart/lung machines were used only during surgery?

by Anonymousreply 15711/28/2011

it's an advanced form of life support not in wide use thats adapted from the surgical bypass machine. no confirmation from george michael's camp, but that's the story in the austrian media.

by Anonymousreply 15811/28/2011

[quote]Alarms should go off whenever a critically-ill person is described as "laughing already".

The verb in the original German article can mean "to smile" as well as "to laugh." I took it to mean "George is smiling already."

by Anonymousreply 16111/28/2011

Oy dont want him to die

by Anonymousreply 16211/28/2011

Just out from the Daily Mail. Family at bedside.

by Anonymousreply 16311/28/2011

Oh shit, this looks really bad.

by Anonymousreply 16411/28/2011

No one fucking listens.

by Anonymousreply 16511/29/2011

Well if you could elaborate instead of being so cryptic, R139/165 people would listen.

by Anonymousreply 16611/29/2011

You say you know something r139, but you don't even tell us WHAT it is you know. It's a fucking anonymous board. Until you tell us, I say you've got nothing.

by Anonymousreply 16711/29/2011

I've found myself watching this thread, checking several times a day for stories on his health, and hoping he's going to be ok.

I'm one of the assholes who has always been made fun of posters for getting all emotional and upset when famous people get sick or die, I owe you/them all a big apology.

by Anonymousreply 16811/29/2011

No, please GOD NO!

by Anonymousreply 16911/29/2011

Do we know if he's HIV+?

by Anonymousreply 17011/29/2011

The singer, who is being treated in hospital in Vienna, Austria, is said to be responding to treatment and "slowly improving".

He had been joined by his 75-year-old father Kyriacos Panayiotou, who is known as Jack Panos, as well as sisters Melanie, 49 and Yioda, 53.

His former boyfriend, art dealer Kenny Goss, is also due to join the group in the Austrian capital shortly.

The 48-year-old star’s boyfriend, hair stylist Fadi Fawaz, has kept a bedside vigil since the singer fell ill on Monday of last week.

Fawaz, 38, reportedly appeared tired and drawn as he left the hospital over the weekend. He was accompanied by two women, believed to be Michael’s sisters, one of whom held her head in her hands waiting in the hospital lobby.

The Daily Mail quoted a "close friend", who said: "His whole family are with him. They are very close-knit. George is just such a lucky man in that sense. He’s so adored."

Speaking of 53-year-old Goss, Michael’s partner for 13 years until 2009, the friend added: "Kenny of course is very concerned. He has been in touch every day. They will always be the best of friends."

Michael, who has pulled the plug on the rest of his tour, has been told by doctors to take "complete rest" and the remainder of his scheduled shows have been put on hold.

The star, who has been diagnosed with "community acquired pneumonia", was due to play British shows on his Symphonica tour until the week before Christmas.

His publicist said earlier this week: "He is receiving excellent medical care; he is responding to treatment and slowly improving."

Doctors said they could not estimate how long he would need to recover.

It is the latest medical setback during the tour, his first for three years after previously saying he was to quit playing live. Just a month ago he was forced to pull out of an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall due to a viral infection and high temperature.

Michael, 48, spent a month in prison for drug driving last year.

Specialists in Vienna, Dr Christoph Zielinski and Dr Thomas Staudinger, issued a statement today saying: "George Michael has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an inpatient. His condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment.

"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. Besides medical treatment, complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory."

Promoters are working to rearrange the postponed dates "at the earliest opportunity".

The tour began in Prague in August and has so far seen him play 45 shows in 35 cities.

A hospital spokesman declined to comment on the singer’s latest condition on Monday.

by Anonymousreply 17111/29/2011

Boyfriend probably infected him.

by Anonymousreply 17211/29/2011

Latest news, hot from the Viennese presses: he has pneumococcal pneumonia, which led to Acute Respiratory Distress Disorder -- apparently very dangerous, because it weakens the entire immune system and the heart. He was transferred to the ICU at the main teaching hospital in critical condition last week.

They're making it sound like he's turned the corner, but he's grounded in Vienna with travel prohibited for at least the next month, so he'll be spending Christmas here.

There's no mention of HIV/AIDS, although the head of the ICU where he's being treated is a noted AIDS specialist -- could just be coincidence...

Anyway, his voice is in real danger from the lengthy intubation that's been required, so who knows when he'll be back on stage.

by Anonymousreply 17311/29/2011

It was probably a drug overdose, and they're hiding it.

by Anonymousreply 17511/29/2011

People do get the type of pnemonia and die from it. It happens more often than you know.

by Anonymousreply 17611/29/2011

I got the truth vibe at once from R139, and I'm guessing it's 60/40 against, probably worse; while not yet at the title of The Other Thread stage.

I'd appreciate R139 sharing what more he can. I hope to God GM can hang in there.

by Anonymousreply 17711/29/2011

I told you that he was on a respirator. Anytime a patient gets severe pneumonia, they put them on a respirator.

by Anonymousreply 17811/29/2011

R170: We don't know (and neither does he). He said he is afraid to be retested.

by Anonymousreply 17911/29/2011

Any recent news?

by Anonymousreply 18011/29/2011

I have an acquaintance who is as close to inner circle as you can get.

The reasons behind the pneumonia will probably come out but the bottom line is that there is only a slight chance that he will live and that has been the outlook since Tuesday night/Wednesday morning.

The organ failure occurring now (kidneys) is not unexpected and a very bad sign.

There's been at least one news report but if he does live the ventilator will fuck up his voice for a long, long time.

by Anonymousreply 18111/29/2011

has he been on a heart/lung machine, r139?

I'd say thanks for sharing if you had better news.

by Anonymousreply 18211/29/2011

Martin and Shirlie Kemp are some of his closest friends, definitely inner circle, and they seem without a care in the world judging by their tweets. Maybe the outlook has changed for the better.

by Anonymousreply 18311/29/2011

and what is the reason behind the pneumonia?

by Anonymousreply 18411/29/2011

Bob Hope was throwing out one-liners for every birthday until he died.

The only problem being, of course, is that he was basically a vegetable for the last five years of his life.

He'd be tweeting up a storm if his corpse were still warm today, but it would not be a team of writers.

by Anonymousreply 18511/29/2011

You have the ring of truth, r139.

I've noticed a yellowish tinge to his skin recently. Oh God. Kidney failure...that could be HIV related.

r139, you say kidney failure was "not unexpected". What was he doing on a tour if that was the case?

Is he on a transplant list? Or has the transplant already occurred and that was the "pneumonia"?

by Anonymousreply 18611/29/2011

Just meant that organ failure would be expected close to death.

But remember my friend did not say there wasn't any hope. Just that there is not much.

by Anonymousreply 18711/29/2011

I so hope you're wrong, R139, etc.

If it's truly the end...go into the light, George...with our love.

by Anonymousreply 18811/30/2011

Yellow? Sounds like the liver.

by Anonymousreply 18911/30/2011

Update is that he's getting better. Sorry to disappoint the trolls and the haters.

by Anonymousreply 19011/30/2011

Saw George on his 25live tour in Los Angeles and it was FUCKING SPECTACULAR! I will never forget it. Have been a big fan since the very early days of Wham before the US had heard of them. I'll be extremely sad if he dies.

by Anonymousreply 19111/30/2011

"You Have Been Loved"

Makes me cry.

by Anonymousreply 19211/30/2011

I saw him on the same 25Live tour in Seattle. He was great, and incredibly moved by the outpouring of love and support from the crowd.

by Anonymousreply 19311/30/2011

R139, I appreciate your very sad update. It's obviously much worse than I'd hoped. A slight chance is still a chance, but organ failure - Christ. Let us know more when you can. Thanks.

by Anonymousreply 19411/30/2011

Very hopeful statement from his doctors...I am so relieved to read this. I'm another who usually doesn't give a damn about celebrities, but I've found that I DO about this one. The pit of my stomach is in better shape than it's been in for several days.

Feel better soon, George.

by Anonymousreply 19511/30/2011

I"m happy to hear that too, R195.

by Anonymousreply 19611/30/2011

So hoping the prognosis posted by R195 is correct.

by Anonymousreply 19711/30/2011

r190/r195 I pray that's the case. George is one of my childhood heroes. He's connected in my mind with the happiest time of my life. I just can't imagine him dying at such a young age.

I also don't get the hate towards him from some people here. The man never hurt anyone but himself and has never been hateful towards anybody. Why so much hate? For what?

Get well, George.

by Anonymousreply 19811/30/2011

I agree, R198 - I don't understand the hate. George may have demons, but he's no different than most of us. And to even make light of him having AIDS, which who knows if he does or doesn't, is sick and disrespectful to people who do have the disease.

by Anonymousreply 19911/30/2011

I feel more comfortable with this thread than the "George Michael is dying :(" one.

I wish him the best, and if what 139 says is true what constitutes "the best" could go either way. Being an Ancient Old One myself (52), much as I like to live I would rather give up the ghost if surviving would mean losing my voice during my waning years of hotness and being on dialysis for the rest of my life.

I do wish it was Bush or Blair rather than Michael. He certainly has his issues with substances and the cottaging, but he's had an honorable career in pop stardom, not least that he actually can sing. More than that, he doesn't have his head up his ass politically and was one of the few who put his ass on the line to speak out against the rush to war, i.e.

by Anonymousreply 20011/30/2011

Usually when the body begins to shut down, you have "organ failure." Once your kidneys begin to shut down and your fluid output lessens you can be considered to be dying.

I'm just heartbroken. When I first heard he was sick with pheumonia, I thought it was the rigors of the tour and his lifestyle, hard partying, etc. But he's remained hospitalized much too long.

Treatment for pneumonia would show some definite improvement five to seven days out. This is lasting to long. It means he is not responding well to the drugs. It sounds to me that it is very serious and that he might not last.

by Anonymousreply 20111/30/2011

Have you read the statement? He's making impressive progress according to his doctors. Other Austrian reports are saying that he's been moved out of the ICU, all to the good.

If the kidney stuff is true, might it be possible to regain some kidney function? Anyone medical on the thread?

by Anonymousreply 20211/30/2011

This sounds to me like something heart-related. They said he was very ill with a viral infection and a high fever a month ago. I would surmise that they never really addressed that.

Viral infections are pernicious. They will lie dormant then flare up. It's possible the little sack around his heart is inflamed as a result, or that there's been a fluid build up in his lungs that is related to an enlarged, overworked heart function. IMO, it was that infection a month ago, that started this whole episode.

People seem to focus on the pneumonia, but early reports said his heart as affected. That's why it's "taking longer" then it might normally take for him to bounce back.

If his heart has been affected, this is a very delicate situation and it coulkd go either way. Doesn't look good. He's probably not a healthy person to begin with because he clearly doesn't take care of himself.

Removing someone from ICU isn't always a good sign. Sometimes, when medical professionals know things are winding down, they will move a patient to a place where he is more accessible to family members.

My own experience with ICU is that there are other patients the medical staff needs to be addressing and you can't "keep vigil" when someone's in ICU. They have a time limit and a visitor limit. Patients in ICU have to be kept quiet.

by Anonymousreply 20311/30/2011

"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."

That does NOT sound like "winding down".

by Anonymousreply 20411/30/2011

Hoping for the best. Get well George. We love you.

by Anonymousreply 20511/30/2011

In a way he's lucky this happened in Vienna. If he were in the UK the tabloids would be all over him like maggots.

by Anonymousreply 20811/30/2011

R207, duh? What is the update? Has the candle in the window been blown out?

by Anonymousreply 20911/30/2011

I agree, at least he is out of England, or the tabloids would have the hospital staked out, with all kinds of vile innuendo and rumours.

Thank goodness it looks like he will make a slow recovery, but may never be able to do a concert tour again.

by Anonymousreply 21011/30/2011

Oh, look, R207/R211 is our racist from the bus rant thread.

by Anonymousreply 21211/30/2011

Pepsi and Shirley - the Wham girls - were on morning tv here in England today, promoting a 80s revival tour they are on, and were in great spirits, and said George is recovering and being well looked after, before promoting themselves. If they are not bothered about him then perhaps we are over-reacting ?

by Anonymousreply 21412/01/2011

[italic]Pepsi and Shirley - the Wham girls - were on morning tv here in England today, promoting a 80s revival tour they are on, and were in great spirits, and said George is recovering and being well looked after, before promoting themselves. If they are not bothered about him then perhaps we are over-reacting ?[/italic]

Talk about tragic has-beens! LMFAO!!! Someone get those girls a calendar! Gross.

by Anonymousreply 21512/01/2011

The girls were very perky and bouncy - their lack of concern about George was odd, perhaps they are not close to him any more.

One of them - the blonde, Shirley, has done well for herself, married to one of the Kemps.

by Anonymousreply 21612/01/2011

I really hope that George Michael is doing better and is going to be well again, but sorry, I just don't believe any news article and "statement". No way. I will believe that he is fine when I see him giving a statement.

by Anonymousreply 21712/01/2011

[quote]The girls were very perky and bouncy - their lack of concern about George was odd, perhaps they are not close to him any more.

Shirlie Kemp remains one of his closest friends and lives nearby him. Pepsi moved to the Caribbean, but I don't think she was ever as close to George as Shirlie was. If George's life were in imminent danger, I've no doubt Shirlie would be in Vienna now or at least not tweeting nor sounding so happy.

by Anonymousreply 21812/01/2011

Little known fact: George supported Shirlie's family financially while her husband was undergoing treatment for brain tumors and unable to work. He's that kind of guy.

by Anonymousreply 21912/01/2011

r219 I believe it. I've never heard anything of him being a bitch to anybody.

Get well, George:)

by Anonymousreply 22012/01/2011

There may be bad news.

During an interview with Pepsi and Shirley today, Pepsi said about George, "We've been told not to speculate - just be very positive."

Not good. That means George hasn't spoken directly to Shirlie yet, after having been hospitalized for over a week. If he's not speaking to his inner circle, he may not be able to speak. His condition is being kept from even his closest friends.

"Don't speculate" is pr-ese for "it's worse than we want anyone to know."

by Anonymousreply 22112/01/2011

I never really got all the hate for George Michael .

He produced some classics stuff, his best hits double cd is one that I can play over and over again and never tire of.

I've never heard of him being an asshole to anyone- but the tabloid press who care way to much about who / when /where he has sex.

He apparently has a weakness for drugs and outdoor sex, um... many people in our community have the same bad habits, Is DL really going to claim better than him?

For fucks sake, why flame this guy, I can think of worse men to rail on.

I hope he gets better.

by Anonymousreply 22212/01/2011

I remember a story in the 90s about hum buying luxury vehicles for all of his friends every year for Christmas. In any case, I think he is going to be fine, and everyone is overreacting.

by Anonymousreply 22312/01/2011

If he was hooked up to a ventilator to ease his breathing problems and not make his heart have to work so hard, as if often the case with severe pneumonia. So, of course he wouldn't be able to talk. If they inserted a tracheotomy tube in his throat he couldn't talk. He's also probably heavily sedated to keep him quiet.

I adore George Michael and I want him to get well. But I have to agree with the person up thread who said that the longer you are in hospital, the worse it looks.

The best thing for him would be the ween him off the ventilator and get him strong enough and stable enough to go hoe a recover with round the clock nursing care.

by Anonymousreply 22412/01/2011

Have Bananarama showed up at his bedside yet? Keren's been with Andrew Ridgeley for about 20 years, you know.

by Anonymousreply 22512/02/2011

r139, do you have an update from your friend?

by Anonymousreply 22612/04/2011

They need to move him to a room with a view of a public loo. That'll motivate him to get off the ventilator and get back to his regular routine.

by Anonymousreply 22912/05/2011

[bold]George Michael out of danger[/bold]

George Michael, who was admitted to the hospital after he suffered from pneumonia, has been moved from intensive care after showing signs of recovery.

According to sources at the hospital, the 48-year-old singer has made a "significant improvement".

Michael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and his family will now be able to join him at his bedside in Vienna, Austria.

Doctors treating the popstar said that the time he spent in isolation was essential due to the "severity and extension" of his illness.

"There are no other health issues with regards to the patient other than the underlying pneumonic disorder, and no further measures had to be taken," the Mirror quoted Professor Gottfried Locker as saying.

Friends now hope he could be transferred to a British hospital before Christmas. (ANI)

by Anonymousreply 23012/05/2011

There are conflicting reports in teh Austrian press, r230. yesterday they were reporting that he was still in a Vienna ICU, too weak to be moved.

by Anonymousreply 23112/05/2011

Any word on his condition bump

by Anonymousreply 23312/05/2011

He has a bump now? Cancer?

by Anonymousreply 23412/05/2011

at firt i was worried that his condition was SO bad that no one knew anything, now I'm begining to think it's nowhere as serious as it's been made to seem. if it was that bad, mainstream gossip would have something, wouldn't they?

by Anonymousreply 23512/05/2011

[quote]"There are no other health issues with regards to the patient other than the underlying pneumonic disorder, and no further measures had to be taken," the Mirror quoted Professor Gottfried Locker as saying.

That means he is not POZ or has AIDS, right? I was worried in a dorky way about that because of his own personal past behavior.

by Anonymousreply 23612/05/2011

I can exclusively report that George isn't out of the woods yet...there are still more trolls whose cocks need to be sucked!

Ba-dum-bump!

by Anonymousreply 23712/05/2011

A tweet from today by GM's close friend David Austin:

"no need to be worried. All is moving in the right direction. He's super strong"

by Anonymousreply 23812/06/2011

Inner circle says there is still a lot to worry about.

[quote]VMichael's boyfriend Fadi Fawaz and his family will now be able to join him at his bedside in Vienna, Austria.

So much for the bedside vigil last week.

Most of the reports from the press have been utter bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 23912/06/2011

When my uncle had his heart attack they rushed him into ICU where his family could only stay for like, five minutes of every hour, one at a time.

But then he took a bad turn, and there was no hope, so they moved him from ICU to a room where his family and friends could "vigil" at the bedside.

And then he died.

by Anonymousreply 24012/06/2011

R139, anything?

by Anonymousreply 24112/06/2011

What is the latest?

by Anonymousreply 24212/06/2011

Any news?

by Anonymousreply 24312/06/2011

Does anyone have any updates?

by Anonymousreply 24412/07/2011

They said he complained about all the Christmas music being played in the hallways.

by Anonymousreply 24512/07/2011

FOAD yourself, R246.

by Anonymousreply 24712/07/2011

Dobie Gray gave meaning to the term "In crowd",his song will live in the history of american pop culture.american music has been blessed with many giants,who have made a special contribution,like bobby blue bland,who taught us all about a stormy monday or james brown,who rode the night train,through our hearts or little julian herrera,who started chicano doo wop,in southern cali or jackie wilson,who took us higher and higher.Yes sadly,we our losing giants,way before,we had a chance to tell them thank you.Thank you dobie

by Anonymousreply 24812/07/2011

[r246] fuck off

by Anonymousreply 24912/07/2011

His boyfriend was quoted as saying he'd be spending Christmas in the hospital. That's a very long time. It doesn't sound as if he's making a lot of progress if the guy's telling the truth. The guy went on to say he was at George's bedside every day, etc.

by Anonymousreply 25012/07/2011

R247 and R249 need to lighten up. One suspects they're praying for the miracle of life so they can gather GM's lovesap for themselves in some third world tearoom some time. Dream on, girls. But do lighten up. You'll live longer. Cough cough.

by Anonymousreply 25112/07/2011

[bold]George Michael 'will spend Christmas in hospital' [/bold]

GEORGE Michael is “improving” but likely to spend Christmas in hospital with severe pneumonia, his boyfriend said yesterday. George Michael 'will spend Christmas in hospital'

Fadi Fawaz, 38, told reporters: “I spend every day at his side. He’s on the mend but it looks like he’s here for Christmas.”

Doctors at Vienna’s AKH hospital, where the 48-year-old is being treated, said he was “improving steadily”. George has cancelled all 14 remaining dates on his world tour. christmas , george michael

by Anonymousreply 25212/07/2011

No news which, in and of itself, is bad news.

No one's talking.

by Anonymousreply 25312/07/2011

I spent 5 days in hospital back in September (knee surgery) and was screaming to go home by day 5 (in my private room) - George has been there about 2 weeks now and maybe 3 more if there till christmas and after .... he will need to be well sedated to cope with it.

by Anonymousreply 25412/07/2011

He's been in hospital too long. It has to be more than two weeks. He must not be responding well to the antibiotics or they didn't figure out which anti biotic works best with the strain of pneumonia he has. Maybe "pheumonia" is a generic term for what's going on. Maybe he has fluid on his lungs and they haven't the elasticity to expel it so he has "pneumonia." This doesn't look good, and I think they aren't telling us the truth.

by Anonymousreply 25612/08/2011

[quote]This doesn't look good, and I think they aren't telling us the truth.

Rubbish! You know nothing about severe pneumonia do you?

by Anonymousreply 25712/08/2011

It's not uncommon for people to have to spend weeks in the hospital with pneumonia, particularly -- but not limited to -- those with compromised immune systems. If you get a bad case of pneumonia, it has a huge impact. Also, overuse of antibiotics around the world has led to a rise in antibiotic resistant strains of pneumonia. Some or all of these factors could contribute to his extended hospital stay.

by Anonymousreply 25812/08/2011

Lengthy stays in ICU's don't often end well. I agree with r256. There's somehting else going on that isn't being reported.

by Anonymousreply 25912/08/2011

Are there any doctors who could give an educated opinion about what is going on?

by Anonymousreply 26012/08/2011

I was once in hospital when I was at university.

by Anonymousreply 26112/08/2011

his odds going in to the hospital weren't good. his diagnosis, severe cap, has about a 40-50% mortality rate according to the literature.

by Anonymousreply 26212/08/2011

"Among individuals who require hospitalization, the mortality rate averages 12% overall, but is as much as 40% in people who have bloodstream infections or require intensive care.[15]"

george has required intensive care.

by Anonymousreply 26312/08/2011

I feel sad. I'm going to go to You Tube and watch some George Michael videos. I want to send him good karma.Everyone should try to send him positive energy and good karma.

Now, do it!

by Anonymousreply 26412/08/2011

Here. I'm sending this to George!

I love the way he OWNS the stage, the way he struts his stuff!

by Anonymousreply 26512/08/2011

Good idea, r264. Here's a link, if you're interested.

George live at his peak, breathtakingly sexy:

by Anonymousreply 26612/08/2011

Lot of idiots speculating. DL was a good place to learn about 9/11 on 9/11, but it's too full of morons now.

Pathetic.

by Anonymousreply 26712/08/2011

[r259] he is not in ICU any longer

by Anonymousreply 26812/08/2011

how do you know, r268?

by Anonymousreply 26912/08/2011

See? The karma worked! Thank you R268!!!

by Anonymousreply 27012/08/2011

You wanna see breathtakingly sexy,R266? Check out the jeans! Were they painted on?

I love him. I love Elton. I swear they will break my heart, one day. But not yet.

by Anonymousreply 27112/08/2011

Thank you, r271. Dresses left, obviously.

by Anonymousreply 27212/08/2011

George has irreparable brain and throat damage and will never be the same or sing in public again.

by Anonymousreply 27312/08/2011

"insider" if they had to put him on a ventillator of course it would damage his throat. But that does not mean the damage is permanent or irreversible.

As for the brain damage, I'd rather you not tell things like that, since at this point, we have no idea at all who you are and whether you are telling the truth or spreading a rumor that will prove false.

I am not going to accept this from you. I also want to say that I do not ascribe malicious intent to you. I believe you are just sharing what you hear. But I can't accept that since I cannot verify it with a credible source.

by Anonymousreply 27412/08/2011

Back off everyone. R274 has stated his boundaries.

by Anonymousreply 27612/09/2011

I wouldn't worry about R273. Troll-dar shows that he also posted R237, which doesn't seem like the kind of thing an "insider" would post to me.

by Anonymousreply 27712/09/2011

Sending good thoughts to George.

by Anonymousreply 27812/09/2011

I'm just remembering his uber-tight ass shaking in our faces in his late 80's videos. He WAS a terribly hot man back then.

by Anonymousreply 27912/09/2011

We've secretly replaced George's ventilator with a volcano vaporizer. Let's see if he can tell the difference.

by Anonymousreply 28012/09/2011

Rumors in European media that he's been discharged from the hospital...nothing confirmed yet.

by Anonymousreply 28112/09/2011

No, he's still in hospital. Almost 3 weeks now.

R139, have you heard anything new?

by Anonymousreply 28212/11/2011

He will survive

by Anonymousreply 28312/11/2011

There's no brain damage and damage to vocal chords is suspected but unknown.

Still in the hospital AFAIK but, as I said above, not a lot of information coming from his camp.

by Anonymousreply 28412/11/2011

Is he conscious, r139? Are his kidneys functioning?

I would be climbing the walls after 3 weeks in hospital. I hope he's ok.

by Anonymousreply 28512/11/2011

LOL at R280! And R274, but for different reasons.

by Anonymousreply 28612/11/2011

r139, do you have a read on how much concern there is in the inner circle?

The friends who see him every day and have twitter accounts are relentlessly positive and completely vague. I'm wondering how much of the positivity is bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 28712/11/2011

of course there concerned, this is a major setback and he was/is near death if something takes an even bigger turn for the worser.

ill see what info I can garnish, but its not easy to cum by

by Anonymousreply 28812/11/2011

yez. buy awl meins yu dew that, r288.

by Anonymousreply 28912/12/2011

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by Anonymousreply 29012/13/2011

R288 is the troll from R273, not R139. Do fuck off, R288.

by Anonymousreply 29112/13/2011

r139, heard anything?

by Anonymousreply 29212/13/2011

I've had both Cipro and Bactrim for pneumonia, and I'm not HIV+.

by Anonymousreply 29512/13/2011

danny don't know shit about cytomegalovirus and prenatal HAART.

by Anonymousreply 29712/13/2011

Anybody who has been in the hospital on a breathing tube is at dire risk of repeated pneumonia outbreaks.

"There's no brain damage and damage to vocal chords is suspected but unknown."

If he was intubated he can't speak period. They will probably have to put a hole in throat to assist his recovery. They can do that in a way that speaking is possible later, but singing would be out of the question.

by Anonymousreply 29812/13/2011

Danny is homophobe troll.

by Anonymousreply 29912/13/2011

R296 I so hope you contract terminal cancer at the earliest convenience. Scum like you should not be allowed out to walk the streets.

by Anonymousreply 30012/13/2011

Hot pornstar boyfriend, who's been at George's bedside for the duration of his illness, tweeted yesterday "Xmas at home ;)".

Good news. George will be released from hospital soon.

by Anonymousreply 30112/14/2011

r301, he might have given up on him, and is planning an orgy for Christmas without George.

by Anonymousreply 30212/14/2011

Thanks for the update, R301.

by Anonymousreply 30312/14/2011

George's website sent a message yesterday asking fans to leave wishes on his FB page.

by Anonymousreply 30412/14/2011

Thanks for the FB suggestion.

by Anonymousreply 30612/14/2011

I don't think its fair to assume or suggest that HIV+ is involved, pneumonia itself along with smoking can be pretty serious and result in a heart attack - it proved fatal to a friend of mine over a decade ago (though he was hiv+ too! but also diabetic). Several weeks in hospital must be pretty grim though, even in the best. He will need a long recovery period so may never be singing or touring again.

by Anonymousreply 30712/14/2011

Ring-of-Truth R139/R181 has said 'Pneumonia is a code for many things' and 'The reasons for his pneumonia will probably come out.'

He/she is being respectfully discreet but also clear enough. More when possible, R139. Hang in there, George.

by Anonymousreply 30812/15/2011

I had pneumonia several years ago, after I wore myself down trying to do more than I was physicaly capable of, and no matter what the doctors tried it didn't work. Ended up in the hospital for 6 weeks, 4 of them on a vent, with IV antibiotics for the whole time. So for extreme pneumonia, with a public figure, i don't see this as being anything to be over worried about.

by Anonymousreply 30912/15/2011

Did you have ARDS, r309? How long did it take you to recover fully?

by Anonymousreply 31012/15/2011

Yes, R 130, it was ARDS. I had just about all of the symptoms and side effects and after effects except organ failure, tho my doctor had warned me that it was likely. Took the doctors close to 2 weeks to figure out what was going on. Had one asshat doctor who was sure I was HIV+ even tho I'd had two tests done since the last time I had sex, which was close to a year before I got sick. It took me a long time till I was back to "normal", maybe 8 months or so, and 6 months to be fully off all meds and nebulizer breathing treatments.

by Anonymousreply 31112/15/2011

Good God, that sounds like a horrifying experience, r309/311.

Another question: did you have PTSD from the experience? I've heard it's not uncommon for ARDS patients who've been ventilated/suctioned. Any lingering cognitive effects?

I guess it's safe to say we won't see much of George for a year or so, unfortunately.

by Anonymousreply 31212/15/2011

He must be really sick , he's off twitter for almost a month now

by Anonymousreply 31312/15/2011

WTF is ARDS????? R309/311 you sound as if you went thru a terrible time! Glad you got thru it!

by Anonymousreply 31412/15/2011

Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome, r314. Look it up, it's horrifying stuff. There were several accounts in Austrian press that George developed ARDS as a complication of pneumonia. That may be the reason for his very prolonged hospital stay.

by Anonymousreply 31512/15/2011

I wonder if his prolonged hospital stay has helped him lose weight. He was carrying around quite a paunch hanging over his belt the last time I saw him - not growing older gracefully at all.

Why do all you people care about him? He has made gay people look bad time after time (sucking dick in a public LA toilet, fumbling around in the bogs and finally hooking up with some ugly old man for sex, then claiming such acts are part of his "gay culture").

He was a very pretty boy in the 80's, but he's done nothing positive for the gay community. Why all the sympathy for this drug addled self-destructive idiot?

by Anonymousreply 31612/15/2011

R312, my best friend had PTSD from his 2-month hospital stay due to ARDS. He was on a ventilator for over a month. I don't think the doctors and nurses thought he would live due to the severity of his condition, but he made a miraculous recovery. The PTSD only lasted for a month, but he was a very strong person emotionally. He actually went on a trip to Europe 3 months after he got out of the hospital.

by Anonymousreply 31712/15/2011

r309, glad you made it through. You bring up a good point about doing more than you were physically capable of.

The life on the road for most musicians is brutal. They not only have to sing and perform but do rehearsals , meet and greets , interviews...and get on a bus to go do it again the next day. Georges body has endured a lot and he's not young but there is so much money on the line that he probably kept pushing himself because the show must go on.

by Anonymousreply 31812/15/2011

He was overscheduled on this tour, no doubt, too many gigs in too little time, and the Venice balcony pictures showed that he had relapsed into cannabis use.

Drug abuse + overwork + whatever r139 is hinting at were a bad combination.

by Anonymousreply 31912/15/2011

I don't understand why his "people" are keeping everything so hush-hush unless there's something serious that they don't want his fans to know about.

by Anonymousreply 32012/15/2011

Actualy R316, his extra weight is probably helping him out. When you get really sick and can't eat your body relies on any fat on your body to keep going and not relliy so hevily on liquid proteins and the like, so he's probably doing better than if he had been thin when he got sick.

by Anonymousreply 32112/16/2011

My psychic projection: GM gets out of the hospital and within 6 months is again arrested for a DUI and/or for being on his knees sucking some old man's dick in a smelly London toilet.

by Anonymousreply 32212/16/2011

I read something from a legitimate news outlet saying he will be home for Christmas and that he is making progress. Doesn't sound like they're wildly celebrating, but it does sound optimistic. I think they needed him to be quiet and he got that in the hospital. Glad he was in Austria, bcz that may have made it less convenient for hangers on and "friends" to visit. If his immediate famil, a couple of close friends and his boyfriend were there but going in one at a time that would have been enough. That's probably part of the reason he was sedated.

by Anonymousreply 32312/16/2011

I hope now that they are getting him up and making him move around. The worst thing you can do with pneumonia is just lay there.

by Anonymousreply 32412/16/2011

R324, with pneumonia, would it help to hang him from his feet?

by Anonymousreply 32512/17/2011

LOL 324 - maybe you should call his doctors and give them that advice. I'm sure they'd never think of it on their own.

by Anonymousreply 32612/17/2011

[bold]George Michael 'home for Christmas after recovering from pneumonia'[/bold]

The ex-Wham! singer has been in hospital in Austria since being taken ill ahead of a scheduled concert in Vienna on November 20th. George Michael is recovering from pneumonia

He was diagnosed with severe pneumonia and doctors warned the Careless Whisper star could be hospitalised for months, but he has defied expectations.

The 48-year-old will apparently be discharged in the next few days and plans to head home to London in time for Christmas Day.

Fadi, 38, was quoted by the Sunday Mirror as saying: 'Christmas at home. I cannot stop smiling today, the best day ever. He is getting better and better. Nothing to worry about, happy days.'

The Faith singer was forced to cancel the UK leg of his Symphonica tour because of his illness, but hopes to reschedule the dates for next year.

by Anonymousreply 32712/18/2011

The quotes from Fadi in the article above aren't actually quotes, they're tweets, and they've now been deleted. GM's bodyguard just called them "wishful thinking" in his own tweet. George may be in hospital over Christmas.

R139, can you shed any light? The management's secrecy is not encouraging.

by Anonymousreply 32812/18/2011

R328 I agree - all the secrecy gives the impression that something is terribly wrong. Hell, George is obviously so sick he can't even post a quick tweet on his Twitter to give an update about himself, and he always used to be on Twitter.

I don't believe this Fadi guy one bit.

by Anonymousreply 32912/18/2011

What's his bodyguard's Twitter?

by Anonymousreply 33012/20/2011

@ronnie_franklin

by Anonymousreply 33112/20/2011

Is the witch dead yet?

by Anonymousreply 33212/20/2011

Legitimate news outlets were certainly saying he'd be home for Christmas, but it seems ridiculous to give that credence when he hasn't even had the strength to send any messages or tweets himself.

I really hope he recovers soon, and indeed is very much on the mend, but it seems clear that he's still very weak.

by Anonymousreply 33312/20/2011

I've been playing his music. I love the 2 CD, "Ladies & Gentlemen: The Best of..."

Played Jesus to a Child & Father Figure over and over. He is magnificent.

by Anonymousreply 33412/20/2011

AIDS?

by Anonymousreply 33512/20/2011

Probably not home for Christmas:

by Anonymousreply 33612/20/2011

Christoph Zielinski said "we know that he is doing well and we are generally optimistic" about his recovery.

"generally optimistic". The guy is in the hospital for a month and that's all you got

by Anonymousreply 33712/20/2011

Ronnie Franklin tweeted "another day, another improvement" on Sunday.

by Anonymousreply 33812/20/2011

r338, that's the party line, improvement, improvement, improvement. Nothing substantive. I call bullshit.

by Anonymousreply 33912/20/2011

Why do you people care? An old bugger who has disgraced the gay community time and again. Yet you act like he is your favorite uncle.

Perhaps part of his problem is that they may be forced to cope with addiction problems and withdrawal complications while trying to help him recover.

Just another tale of an 80's pretty boy who blew it (no pun intended). So what if he had a nice voice? So does my next door neighbor!

What kind of integrity or character does this man have? I have seen nothing to make me care one way or the other.

by Anonymousreply 34012/21/2011

Does he know it's Christmas time at all?

by Anonymousreply 34112/21/2011

Well, R40, I love George Michael as a truly gifted artist. He never disgraced me. He's a troubled, beautiful wreck of a man, and he's given me many wonderful hours of beautiful music and musical performances. If you ever saw him perform, you might understand.

You can see his generosity and open heart in the way he performs and embraces his audience and invites them to sing with him. Never, not one time, have I ever heard a mean thing about him. He is kind and generous and his fellow artists and musicians love him.

So STFU and have some compassion. If you really don't give a damn, then just scroll on by this thread and don't bother to post your invective.

We could all recite the litany of his troubles, his excesses, etc. Do you think people aren't aware?That isn't the point. A gifted artist is very ill, he may not be able to share his gift and sing for us ever again. So I am grieving.

by Anonymousreply 34212/21/2011

Yes, he's made an ass of himself through his arrests and anytime he opens his mouth and attempts to speak for the gay community in interview settings, but I don't think he's ever embarrassed anyone but himself, certainly not me.

In my eyes, his failings don't overshadow his great talent and amazing voice, not to mention the fact that he's been an effective fundraiser for gay causes dating all the way back to his closeted Wham days. I've heard anecdotally that only Elton has given more, through both public and private channels.

There's one area where I believe his contributions to gay equality have been overlooked. Because he writes about personal experiences, including coming out and gay relationships, he's exposed a very large, very mainstream straight audience to gay experience in a sympathetic way.

I will never forget hearing him sing "My Mother Had a Brother", about the suicide of his gay uncle and his own coming out, in front of a massive crowd. It was tremendously moving to myself and, I believe, to the other LGBT's in the audience. What I did not expect was the rapt attention from the straight women and couples all around me. I saw tears. I had the feeling that many in the audience were being exposed to what gayness felt like, from the inside, perhaps for the first time. I'll never forget it. A link to a live performance of the song below.

I wish him the best.

by Anonymousreply 34312/21/2011

I remember when George Martin said in an interview that George Harrison had come to terms with the fact he was going to die soon of lung cancer and had made his peace with it. Harrison's spokespersons exploded over it, said George Harrison never said any such thing, that he was determined to get well, etc etc.

Meanwhile, George Martin had told the truth. Harrison knew he was dying, and as he'd once sung "I really want to see you; really wanna be with you" to his sweet Lord, it was no surprise he'd made his peace with mortality.

Why do these celeb-surrounders insist on "improving!/fighting to win!/better all the time!/home for Christmas! when people are seriously ill? Is there money involved? Contracts? I don't get it.

God forbid anyone should say, "We're hoping for he best here," or, "not out of the woods yet."

by Anonymousreply 34412/21/2011

R343, thank you. That was exactly what I was feeling, too. George Michael has shared his poersonal experiences thru his music, he's exposed a vast mainstream, straight audience to the experience, and the emotional journey.

R344, Maybe it's about $$$, but it also may be the truth. Maybe there have been small improvements. If he is on a respirator, or getting oxygen, they may be keeping him slightly groggy, and sedated, in which case he wouldn't want or be able to use his computer or tweet or whatever. He also wouldn't be able to talk.

If it's about $$ there are all sorts of contractual obligations connected to his Tour which had to be cancelled. $$$ involved there so maybe they are "hoping to re-schedule" etc. It may also be the family's wishes.

by Anonymousreply 34512/21/2011

r139, you around?

by Anonymousreply 34612/21/2011

According to a news report in the NY Daily NEws ot the Post, George Michael's doctor said he was improving. He also said he would not confirm if Michaels would be going home for Christmas, but it would depend on what he wanted to do. They also acknowledged that he hasn't been tweeting. Something about it doesn't have the ring of truth for me. MAybe he got some depressing news about his voice.

I'm going to visit You Tube again, because they have clips of his performances from this last tour.

by Anonymousreply 34712/22/2011

If he's still ill, he needs to be in the hospital with doctors and medical equipment to help his recovery. I don't understand the pressure of trying to get home for Christmas - it's not THAT important of a day, and they can bring Christmas to the hospital if they want to cheer him up.

That said, I think something is VERY wrong. To be in the hospital for a month and everyone being vague about everything does not sound good.

by Anonymousreply 34812/22/2011

Austrian new agencies reporting he was released from Vienna General Hospital at 8 am this morning, taken by ambulance to airport and has now arrived in London.

by Anonymousreply 34912/22/2011

Keeping him in Austria and in hospital was the wiser course. I agree. Christmas is just a day. He needs to rest and he won't get as much at home in London.

by Anonymousreply 35012/22/2011

It seems he is now back in London, but will still probably need round the clock care ... but at least he can make a good slow recovery, no more booze and drug binges though with pornstar boyfriends !

by Anonymousreply 35112/22/2011

R351, how do you know he needs round the clock care, and how do we know he will get it in London? Altho, maybe the reason it took so long was to get him set up in London for a smoot transfer. It sounds like he is still in pretty bad shape.

by Anonymousreply 35212/22/2011

Lots of weirdness surrounding his release from hospital and conflicting reports of when and how he left. All outlets reporting that he's left, but no sightings of him yet, either in Austria or the UK.

by Anonymousreply 35312/22/2011

[bold]George Michael has left hospital and will head straight to London for Christmas[/bold]

George Michael has been released from a Vienna hospital and will be able to celebrate Christmas at home. Advertisement >>

The 48-year-old was being treated for pneumonia, with medics initially fearing the pop star would need to stay in ­hospital for months.

However, Broadcaster ORF claims that George was discharged today from the AKH hospital and is catching a flight to the UK later this afternoon. It’s thought that George will head straight for his home in London to enjoy Christmas there.

by Anonymousreply 35412/22/2011

I'm glad GM is going to be OK.

by Anonymousreply 35512/22/2011

Update from Daily Fail: he is okay and spoke to the presses himself outside his house.

by Anonymousreply 35612/23/2011

Awww, he's holding that nice little nosegay of pink roses.

by Anonymousreply 35712/23/2011

Video of his statement. He was unconscious for three weeks and thanks his doctors for saving his life. r139 had good information.

by Anonymousreply 35812/23/2011

Now that George is home for Christmas, I can enjoy Christmas. I have not had a good night's sleep since he went into the hospital. I felt his pain and prayed for him to be strong and be healed. My prayers are answered, and I have tears rolling down my cheeks as I write this. I can now have a truly Merry Christmas!

by Anonymousreply 35912/24/2011

Hmmm...a troll Mary post (@ R359)?

That's kinda festive.

by Anonymousreply 36012/24/2011

R359, my sentiments exactly.

by Anonymousreply 36112/24/2011

I assume that if George was released from hospital, he spent the night in a public toilet or gay bathhouse. He has a month's worth of sex to catch up on, and his tummy ain't growing any smaller.

by Anonymousreply 36212/26/2011

Don't know if R359 is a troll post or not, but I feel the same way. He looked frail on the news and you can tell from how emotional he was that he had a very difficult time. He's not out of danger yet, he could relapse, so I hope he will get a lot of rest and care and not over tax himself.

by Anonymousreply 36312/26/2011

I'd rather remember George Michael as he was in the 80's, a truly stunning man with the most beautiful thick hair on the planet. He may have personally (with Don Johnson?) pioneered the 1-2 day beard look. I loved the cross ear-ring, the mirrored sunglasses, and those extremely tight blue jeans - with Michael shaking his tight ass into the video camera's.

I was put off that most of his vids then featured him in sexual situations (some quite graphic) with WOMEN. The lack of integrity was huge, since there were other ways to make the vids highly sexual without prostituting who he truly was sexually.

He had a look that in some ways is ageless - the perfect faced sex punk in his black leather jacket (short enough to always show off that "come fuck me" ass).

I honestly don't want to see him now. I don't need to be reminded that time takes away everything from us, including life eventually.

Let's party with George like its 1985, aye?

by Anonymousreply 36412/26/2011

So does he have a hole in his throat now or not?

by Anonymousreply 36512/28/2011

[quote]I honestly don't want to see him now. I don't need to be reminded that time takes away everything from us, including life eventually.

I saw him in concert back in 2008 and he still looked pretty good, just a few extra pounds and the same combed back hair, just grey. Now when I see pics of him from the past year or so, he looks absolutely awful. I can't believe how fast his looks went downhill in such a short amount of time, but with all the drugs, smoking, and hard living he's done, he's lucky his looks lasted as long as they did. I'm just glad I was able to see him in concert before they were completely gone.

by Anonymousreply 36612/28/2011

Sleep You Down After Me Stop Stop

Don't leave me hanging on going hop hop

by Anonymousreply 36712/27/2012

He could be number three....

by Anonymousreply 36812/27/2012

Well AIDS will do that.

by Anonymousreply 36912/27/2012

???

by Anonymousreply 37012/27/2012

You folks do realize this story is over a year old now. Sorry, vultures.

by Anonymousreply 37112/27/2012

Did he die?

by Anonymousreply 37312/28/2012

Seriously, R373?

by Anonymousreply 37412/28/2012

My favorite song of his was Fooling a Star.

by Anonymousreply 37512/28/2012

Shame on you R368, R69. George Michael was seriously ill, last year, it took weeks, but he's made a full recovery, and he performed at the Olympics. He even went back and perfromed for the Hospital staff who helped him.

He isn't dead. If anything were to happen to him, that he were ill or whatever, it would be all over the news, and all over the internet.

I love George Michael and I hate these ignorant trolls who stir shit up for no apparent reason. You are sick and disgusting. I cannot say that strongly enough.

by Anonymousreply 37612/28/2012

Dead men don't do interviews. Here's one he did today:

" George Michael felt "terribly guilty" when he fell ill with pneumonia.

The Careless Whisper hitmaker was stricken with the potentially fatal illness late last year in the midst of his Symphonica tour in Vienna, Austria, and he admits he is upset when he thinks about what his family and partner Fadi Fawaz went through in staying by his bedside.

"I remember quite a lot but I don't want to go into detail now. I remember best that I felt so terribly, terribly guilty and that I felt sorry for my family, my friends and my partner Fadi because they had to see what I was going through," Michael said.

"For two or three weeks they didn't know if I would survive.

"It would have blown me away if it had happened the other way around - if I had seen one of my sisters fighting for their lives."

Despite his brush with death, it was only much later that Michael realised just how ill he had been.

"But I didn't realise myself the danger I was in. I only realised when everything was already over," he said."

by Anonymousreply 37712/28/2012
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