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Gigs cancelled as George Michael in hospital with pneumonia

POP legend George Michael is in hospital suffering from pneumonia.

The 48-year-old has had to cancel a string of appearances on his Symphonica tour while he is being treated.

Austria's state broadcaster reported that he was being treated in Vienna's AKH hospital.

Michael had been due to appear at the Stadthalle in Vienna last Monday but cancelled two hours before the concert was due to start. He was due to perform in Strasbourg last night and in Cardiff on Saturday and Sunday but those shows have all been postponed "due to his ongoing illness", a statement on the singer's official website said.

Ticketholders have been told that concerts will be rescheduled.


It is not the first time that Michael has been forced to disappoint his fans due to ill health. He pulled out of appearing at the Royal Albert Hall on October 26 when he suffered a viral infection and high temperature. The concert has now been rescheduled for May 2 .

Michael announced his European tour 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 in London: "I felt very re-energised after my recent troubles, I felt it was really what I want to do as an artist."