George Michael Speaks out about Nearly Dying

Fighting back tears, singer George Michael appeared outside his London home Friday to acknowledge that he had nearly died during his month long battle with pneumonia.

He said it had been “touch and go” while he was in the intensive care unit of a Vienna hospital battling an extremely dangerous form of pneumonia but that his representatives had “played it down” to avoid alarming his fans.

“They spent three weeks keeping me alive basically,” said the singer, who appeared to have lost weight during his ordeal. “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 seemed short of breath and at times had trouble speaking during his 10-minute appearance.

“I’m very weak but I feel amazing,” the pop star said, wearing a gray overcoat and scarf as he stood in front of a decorated Christmas tree outside his imposing red brick home in the Highgate neighborhood of north London.

“I have an amazing, amazing life and if I wasn’t spiritual enough before the last four five weeks then I certainly am now,” he said.

Michael seemed overcome with emotion as he expressed gratitude for being alive and thanked the medical staff in Vienna for taking such good care of him.

“I really, really, really, really, from the bottom of my heart, thank everybody who sent messages and everybody in that IC unit that made sure I’m still here today,” Michael said.

“I’m incredibly, incredibly fortunate to be here and incredibly fortunate to have picked up this bug where I did because apparently the hospital in Austria that they rushed me to was absolutely the best place in the world I could have been to deal with pneumonia, so I have to believe that somebody thinks I’ve still got some work to do here,” Michael said.

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