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George Michael thanks doctors for saving his life [Video]

December 23, 2011 | 11:32 am

George Michael says he was at death's door

George Michael, short of breath while speaking to reporters outside his London home on Friday, thanked doctors in Austria for their care during "by far, the worst month" of his life, and hinted at the dire nature of his condition while he'd been in the hospital.

"They spent three weeks keeping me alive, basically," said the singer, 48, who had to cancel a number of dates at the end of his Symphonica tour after contracting streptococcus pneumonia. He was taken to AKH Hospital in late November, nixing his Nov. 21 show just two hours before it was to start.

Michael, who was released from the hospital Thursday and looked thin on camera Friday, said he was still weak but felt "amazing." His team had downplayed the severity of his illness, he said, thanking fans for their good wishes while he was ill and apologizing for not being able to reach out before now. He also revealed he'd had a tracheotomy, which would suggest he'd had some serious trouble breathing.

"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.

"If I wasn't spiritual enough before the last four-five weeks," he added, "then I certainly am now."

Michael said he plans to add a show for the medical folks in Austria who he said saved his life.



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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Photo: George Michael outside his London home on Dec. 23. He fought back tears after acknowledging he'd been at death's door with pneumonia. Credit: Max Nash / Agence France-Presse / Getty Images