Dec. 23 - A breathless and emotional George Michael thanks fans and doctors for seeing him through a severe bout of pneumonia. Rough Cut (No reporter track)
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: A gaunt and breathless George Michael tearfully thanked his doctors and fans on Friday for seeing him through a severe bout with pneumonia. A thin and visibly weak Michael told reporters outside his home in north London that he wasn't supposed to speak for very long and was still recovering from a tracheotomy. The 48-year-old former Wham! frontman, who went on to pursue a successful solo career, was taken ill in the Austrian capital and diagnosed with severe pneumonia last month.