George Michael hospitalized

By Robert Kirchgassner,

Singer George Michael has been hospitalized in Vienna for pneumonia.

His illness forced him to postpone a concert in Vienna Monday, just two hours before showtime. At the time, organizers said Michael was suffering from an inflammation of the respiratory system.

In October, Michael cancelled an appearance at the Royal Albert Hall in London when his doctor advised him to rest his voice because of a viral infection. He has also cancelled his Nov. 26-27 concerts in Cardiff, Wales.

"George was recently forced to postpone tour dates in Vienna and Strasbourg under doctor's orders after being diagnosed with pneumonia," a statement on his website said. "He is currently receiving treatment."

Michael is being treated at Vienna’s AKH Hospital. Spokespeople for the hospital did not comment due to privacy concerns.

Michael, 48, has battled drug addiction in past years. He is currently in the middle of his orchestral ‘Symphonica Tour,’ which began in August and could continue into 2012 due to high ticket demand. He has already performed at 45 shows as part of the tour.

Michael's next scheduled show is on Nov. 30 in Liverpool.

He became famous as part of the 1980s pop group Wham! Since then, he has sold over 100 million records worldwide.



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