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UPDATED: George Michael's Condition Worsens


Recent news reports on George Michael's health are pretty grim. Yesterday, Andy reported that the star was hospitalized in Austria for severe pneumonia. 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.

UPDATE: Not all sources are in agreement on the state of Michael's health. The Daily Mail quotes doctors from the Medical University of Vienna saying Michael's "condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment."

Here's hoping. But even if the doctors' optimistic assessments are true, the 48-year-old singer will be unable to complete his Symphonica tour, of which 14 dates remain. The doctors offer no estimates of the length of Michael's recovery, but insist that for however long it lasts, "complete rest and peace and quiet are mandatory."

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  1. NO ONE should have a judgmental attitude towards ANYONE else! Each person on this Earth has a spiritual journey that is unique to him or her. To judge a person solely by that person's actions and behaviors does nothing but degrade your own spiritual health. I have also heard that Michael is HIV-positive. Unfortunately, pneumonia is much more harsh on the immunocompromised. I treat a lot of HIV-positive patients who have progressed to AIDS and who are battling for their lives against PCP and other pneumonic processes. It is a very tough fight. He is definitely in my thoughts and prayers.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Nov 26, 2011 4:45:14 PM

  2. No doubt it is AIDS related illness, not condemning him for that specifically, but the fact he refused admit it, as well as refused to admit to his homosexuality until forced - the man is a coward and a drug abusing degenerate.

    Posted by: ron | Nov 26, 2011 4:49:37 PM

  3. Thank you Ron!!

    Posted by: True Words | Nov 26, 2011 4:51:46 PM

  4. Most people with pneumonia do not have HIV. Stop portraying it as a HIV-linked illness. It isn't. Pneumonia will generally strike anybody with a compromised immune system regardless of whether they have HIV or not.

    As for my earlier comments about saunas and sex clubs, they stand. I have a male acquaintance who would frequent these horrible places for a number of years. He would get the flu frequently. Once he stopped going, his health improved immediately.

    If you want to commit suicide, go right ahead and visit these horrible places.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 26, 2011 5:05:39 PM

  5. One suspects that many of you are simply agent provocateurs who love to fling controversial, inappropriate remarks about because you can. It is also my belief, based somewhat on reading remarks for a long time on blogs, that gay men in particular can be cruel, judgmental and bitchy, because, well, because you can. So here it is, a story about a man with a sudden illness, and he is treated to a fury of remarks, many, bewildering and stunningly cruel. How it is a pleasure to announce, with glee, that GM might have AIDS, and deserves this illness, really, you tired queens, is beneath contempt. You have systematically condemned generations of gay men who lost their lives to an extremely unpleasant disease, and NO, no one deserved it, and no one deserves it, not even George Michael. You may not like him or his music. That's your business. But when you get scholars who tell us that George's talent is "inbetween"(sic), that is an opinion.

    Posted by: matt | Nov 26, 2011 5:08:35 PM

  6. Looks like he is going to pull a Rock Hudson/Freddie Mercury...deny, deny, deny, then on his deathbed, yes, I have AIDS.

    Posted by: ron | Nov 26, 2011 5:12:01 PM

  7. I find a lot of your comments to be hypocritical in the extreme. As a community, you stopped buying George's records after he came out. Instead, you bought records from AutoTuned fake bisexual women like Britney Spears and Katy Perry. Shame on the gay community.

    You are an utterly hypocritical community. You cry out for celebrities to come out of the closet yet you stop buying their records once they do it. Shame on you creepy gays.

    Posted by: jason | Nov 26, 2011 5:18:17 PM

  8. The Vienna Times is NOT a great source - believe me.
    I wish GM the best - he seems like a great person.

    Posted by: Paul | Nov 26, 2011 5:24:08 PM

  9. Way back in the 1980's, a decade of terror for gays, George Michael could have been a role model, but no. In the '90's it still wasn't too late, and he could have been a role model for the HIV positive, but, again, no. Now forced out of the closet, relevant to no one, and on his death bed, it's a bit too late, when so many true role models have come forward, for gays to now respect George Michael. He is the poster boy for celebrity selfishness.

    Posted by: ron | Nov 26, 2011 5:24:40 PM

  10. So much self loathing from people who haven't accomplished an iota of what George has.

    Posted by: Joe | Nov 26, 2011 6:20:25 PM

  11. I had no idea George Micheal was so sick (he has AIDS?). Either way, I hope he gets better. I work with vulnerable populations and pneumonia has been the death of many of my residents. =/

    Posted by: Alex | Nov 26, 2011 7:01:07 PM

  12. I hope he recovers and creates some more great music

    Posted by: jaragon | Nov 26, 2011 7:02:43 PM

  13. Having Jim Henson flashbacks. . .

    Posted by: ghostwhitehorse | Nov 26, 2011 7:03:39 PM

  14. Pneumosistis pneumonia is the SPECIFIC variety of pneumonia that's AIDS-related.

    When AIDs first appeared doctros treated patients they thought had regular pneumonia, not relaizing the specifics of this strain. As a result people were treated and released only to drop dead days later. (This is precisely what happened to Hibiscus of The Cocketttes.)Once it was identified proper measures were taken.

    Clearly George Michael is getting proper treatment for regular peneumonia. I wouldn't trust press repoerts at this stage as being an openly gay public figure inspires sensationalism.

    And even worse it brings out the trolls who have squatted on this site.

    George Michael has led a multi-facted, often wild life.

    I wish him well.

    Posted by: David Ehrenstein | Nov 26, 2011 8:34:52 PM

  15. So sad...come on, George! You've got the strength to pull through!

    sidebar: some of you people are pathetic. to automatically start speculating about things that don't really concern you is really quite sad.

    Posted by: kevin | Nov 26, 2011 8:43:08 PM

  16. I can't believe what i read here. There are some really awful people in this world,totally lacking in compassion, with such fetid self validating opinions. I truly hope that each one of you mean spirited jerks suffers the same fate that you so glibly pronounce on this talented, struggling soul.

    Posted by: booka | Nov 26, 2011 9:25:14 PM

  17. Screw all the haters, they say the most incredulous, hateful things for a few minutes of attention. Envious, and jealous because they have zip, zero, zilch. It's my sincerest wish that George gets well, and makes a full recovery.

    Posted by: Beau | Nov 27, 2011 12:22:41 AM

  18. I suppose all of the judgmental people commenting on here would live far away from cities - because cities have lots of carcinogens - and become strict vegetarians, as well as live a nearly stress-free life, and I hope to God you exercise every day...because if you get cancer or heart disease, it's your own damn fault and you know it.

    Posted by: Got Yer Choices Right Here | Nov 27, 2011 12:48:10 AM

  19. My prayers go out to George for a fast and full recovery. I've been a GM fan since the early days of Wham! and am very saddened to hear this. Don't stop fighting this George, we want you back on the stage singing very soon!

    Posted by: Cheryl | Nov 27, 2011 2:02:23 AM

  20. Some of you evil queens makes me sick!

    The "gay community" doesn't exist, clearly. There's good people. And then there's pathetic, lowlife morons such as you twisted f*cks....

    Posted by: DeeperStill | Nov 27, 2011 2:13:13 AM

  21. Good lord, I'd rather pass a kidney stone than be considered one of Ron's friends.

    Posted by: CarlottaVonFunkenhowzer | Nov 27, 2011 2:47:20 AM

  22. I've been woking in medicine for eight years now, and I can tell you that pneumonia does not automatically = HIV positive. You can have pneumonia at any age and in any state of health, it just takes that right set of circumstances. Stop the speculation and the rumours. Eveyone is entitled to their privacy medically. In the United States that right is protected under penalty of law. If he is seriosly ill and he wants us to know about it, then he'll release a statement. If he is and he doesn't, then that's none of our business. Get a life people and stop getting so wrapped up in the lives of others.

    Posted by: Frank | Nov 27, 2011 7:03:31 AM

  23. Always chuckle-worthy reading homophobic rants by the home-schooled crowd.

    Posted by: oliver | Nov 27, 2011 12:22:03 PM

  24. These press reports are pretty much worthless. We can't really say what is going on.

    Posted by: anon | Nov 27, 2011 1:44:17 PM

  25. OMFG I'm terrified of pneumonia 0=

    get well soon George Michael!!!

    Posted by: hypocondriac | Nov 27, 2011 1:59:26 PM

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