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George Michael forced to cancel UK dates

George Michael, Twenty Five

Story by Jack Foley

GEORGE Michael has been forced to cancel the remaining dates of his Symphonica tour because of ill health.

The news was confirmed in a statement from his publicist after the 48-year-old singer was admitted to hospital in Vienna on Monday (November 21) where he commenced treatment for “severe” pneumonia.

Discussions are already under way about re-scheduling the remaining 14 dates that have been put off, including three nights at Earl’s Court in London on December 16, 17 and 19.

The statement read: “George Michael is ill with pneumonia and any other speculation regarding his illness is unfounded and untrue.

“He is receiving excellent medical care, he is responding to treatment and slowly improving.

“To ensure his complete well-being, George Michael’s doctors have advised that he cannot perform the rest of his Symphonica tour and that he instead takes a full and complete rest.”

The former Wham! singer kicked off his European tour in Prague in August and was originally meant to perform 47 concerts up until December 19.

The singer already had to pull out of a show at the Royal Albert Hall in London in October because of a viral infection.