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An emaciated George Michael returned to London Friday after being released from a Vienna hospital and treated for pneumonia. He spoke to the media in front of his home, looking weak and sounding out of breath as he spoke.
According to the Associated Press, the former Wham! front man was holding back tears as he admitted that he nearly lost his life while in the hospital for nearly a month.
Michael admitted that it was an extremely dangerous form of pneumonia, adding that his representatives “played it down” to avoid worrying his fans around the world.
“They spent three weeks keeping me alive basically,” said the “Faith” singer. "I don't want to take you through all of it because some of it I want to protect my family from and I'm sure I'll get it all written down but it was by far the worst month of my life,” he added.
Reuters reports that Michael is trying to find a way to thank the Austrian doctors that treated them, even wanting to hold a special performance just for them.
"I've spent the last 10 days since I woke up literally thanking people for saving my life, which is something I've never had to do before and never want to have to do again,” he said. He also added that the experience has made him feel like a “new man” and that “I'm very weak but I feel amazing.”
Michael was in the middle of his European tour when he suddenly became ill and had to cancel the rest of the dates, although Michael promised that the shows would be rescheduled.
Michael’s career kicked off in the early 80s with Wham! and later found success as a solo act, particularly with his 1987 album Faith, which included the hit title track and “I Want Your Sex.”
You can watch Michael’s media appearance from the Telegraph below: