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George Michael postpones tour as he is hospitalised in Vienna with pneumonia

Published 24/11/2011 | 07:44

George Michael. Photo: Getty Images
George Michael. Photo: Getty Images

George Michael has been taken to hospital with pneumonia, his publicist said on Wednesday night.

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Michael was said to be receiving treatment in Vienna where he was due to perform as part of his Symphonica tour on Monday. The show was cancelled two hours before it was expected to start.



The 48-year-old has also been forced to postpone dates in Strasbourg and Cardiff, where he was set to appear at the Motorpoint Arena this weekend.



In a statement, Michael's publicist Connie Filippello said he had been "diagnosed with pneumonia and he is currently receiving treatment". She added new tour dates would be scheduled "when available".



Austria's state broadcaster said the singer was at Vienna's AKH hospital.



Michael announced the 65-show tour of Europe in May - three years after he said he would quit live performance.



At the time, the singer - who spent a month in prison for drug driving last year - told a press conference at the Royal Opera House in London: "I felt very re-energised after my recent troubles, I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist."



It is not the first time the singer has cancelled dates in the tour.



He pulled out of appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26 when he suffered a viral infection and high temperature. He played two shows in Dublin’s O2 three weeks ago.



Earlier this month, Michael performed for Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation at the Royal Opera House in London.



Stars including Sir Elton, David Walliams and Kylie Minogue attended.



Michael announced the 65-show tour of Europe in May - three years after he said he would quit live performance.



At the time, the singer - who spent a month in prison for drug driving last year - told a press conference at the Royal Opera House in London: "I felt very re-energised after my recent troubles, I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist."



Symphonica - The Orchestral Tour kicked off in August at the Prague State Opera House.



He performed covers of My Baby Just Cares For Me and True Faith, the New Order classic which he recorded earlier this year for Comic Relief.



He also performed songs from his 30-year career, including Kissing A Fool and It Really Doesn't Matter.



At the opening night, he told the audience that the concert would be "a very different evening with George Michael", adding: "I've got to tell you, I'm s******* myself."



It is not the first time the singer has cancelled dates in the tour.



He pulled out of appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26 when he suffered a viral infection and high temperature.



Ticketholders were emailed today to tell them the concert would be rescheduled for May 2 at the same venue.



Earlier this month Michael performed a special gig at the Royal Opera House to raise money for Sir Elton John's Aids Foundation.



Celebrities including Kylie Minogue and comedian Michael McIntyre watched as the singer performed a cover of Sir Elton's Idol.

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