Gay icon George Michael, who released his seventh solo studio album Symphonica in March, was rushed to the hospital this morning after collapsing in his north London home.
Though the cause of the collapse and his current condition is unknown, several major papers in the U.K. are reporting the event as a “health scare.” According to the Daily Mail, two ambulances were called to Michael’s home around 8 a.m., and it took roughly four hours for crews to emerge with the 50-year-old singer to deliver him to the hospital.
“We sent two ambulance crews and staff treated one patient, a man, who was then taken to hospital,” a spokesman for the ambulance service told the Daily Mail. Michael’s publicist told The Sun that he was in the hospital for “routine tests” and that there was “nothing further to say.”
Michael reportedly stopped regularly using cannabis last year, revealing that he used to smoke “25 joints per day.” That’s not to suggest he’s “back on weed” or “overdosing on weed” (lulz), but the singer’s relationship with drugs is cause for speculation at The Sun, The Daily Mail, and the Independent.
Each remind us of the singer’s brush with death in 2013, when he fell out of a moving car on the highway, and his 2011 pneumonia health scare, for which he spent 18 months in recovery.
Our best wishes to George for a speedy recovery!