George Michael Discharged From Hospital After Car Accident

George Michael Performing at Olympics Closing Ceremony - P 2012
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George Michael Performing at Olympics Closing Ceremony - P 2012

Released following a two-week stay, the singer "continues to rest and recuperate."

George Michael has been released from hospital almost two weeks after he was airlifted from an accident scene on a British motorway.

In a statement posted May 28 on the artist’s website, Michael’s reps confirm he has been discharged and that “he continues to rest and recuperate. He is well and thanks everyone for all the messages of support.”

The former Wham frontman is lucky to be alive after he apparently tumbled from the passenger side of a car doing 70 mph. Although his PR team haven’t discussed the accident at great length, the official line at the time was that Michael had been “treated for superficial cuts and bruises but is fine."

The length of his stay in hospital suggests the extent of his injuries was rather significant. Eyewitnesses have since opened-up to the British press. One onlooker, Katherine Fox, told The Sun newspaper that Michael had “a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth. He was breathing and conscious but in shock.”

The British artist has been involved in a string of car-related mishaps over the past decade. There were two smashes in 2004, he was spotted hitting three cars while trying to park in 2006, and in 2007 he was handed a two-year ban for “drug driving.” When his license was returned, there was another on-road crash. And then, in 2010, the car he was driving slammed into a photo-processing outlet. After that latter smash, a judge sentenced him to eight weeks in prison after the court heard Michael had taken a “dangerous and unpredictable” cocktail of cannabis and anti-anxiety prescription medication.