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Singer George Michael condition ‘bad’ after pneumonia hospitalization

80s icon cancels remaining dates of European ‘Symphonica’ tour as conflicting reports emerge from Vienna

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George Michael has already postponed or canceled most of the remainder of his ‘Symphonica’ tour after falling ill in Vienna. Now sources close to the situation are telling reporters in Europe the singer’s condition has worsened.

The Vienna Times has reported that the 48 year old ‘Faith’ singer is in intensive care and has been issued a special bed to maintain proper blood flow and take pressure of the singer’s fluid-filled lungs, after he was admitted to the the 13th floor of the Vienna AKH general hospital on Monday “as a result of heart problems believed to be caused by the shortage of oxygen caused by his pneumonia,” according to the Vienna Times.

However, Vienna Times claims Michels is also suffering heart problems have been dismissed by Michael’s team.

“George has woken up and he’s in good spirits,” a source close to the singer told the Daily Mail. “Doctors are very pleased with him, and he’s making progress.”

“He’s been in terrible pain,” the Mail’s source continued. “He’s had a dreadful chest infection, but he’s been in good care. He’s in very capable hands”.

His website reports that “His condition has stabilized and he is responding to treatment,” however anonymous reports give a conflicting account.

“On Thursday afternoon he was fitted into a special full-body bed designed to keep all the pressure off his lungs and to help them to function,” the Vienna Times reports. A hospital insider reports that he is being treated by specialists around the clock.

Michael became successful in his early 20s as half of the famous pop duo Wham! Michael went on to a successful solo career. His first solo album, 1987’s “Faith,” sold 20 million copies.

The singer’s website reports discussions are under way about rescheduling the remaining dates on his tour.

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2021 Best of LGBTQ DC Readers’ Choice Award Finalist Voting

Vote for your favorite finalist in our 2021 Best of LGBTQ DC categories through October 3rd.

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It is Decision 2021! You nominated and now we have our Top 5 finalists. Vote for your favorites in our 2021 Best of LGBTQ DC categories through October 3rd. Our 2021 Best of LGBTQ DC will be announced at the Best of LGBTQ DC Awards Party on October 21st and our special issue will come out on Friday, October 22nd.

Thank you to our sponsors: ABSOLUT, PEPCO, Washington Regional Transplant Community.

Vote below or by clicking HERE.

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PHOTOS: Pride Night OUT

Team DC joins NFL for pro-LGBTQ event at FedEx Field

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The Gay Men's Chorus of Washington sings at FedEx field before the game. (Washington Blade photo by Michael Key)

The LGBTQ sports organization Team DC partnered with the National Football League for Pride Night OUT at FedEx Field on Sept. 16. The Gay Men’s Chorus of Washington sang on the field and the D.C. Different Drummers performed in a pre-game show for attendees. Washington Football Team edged out the New York Giants 30-29.

(Washington Blade photos by Michael Key)

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RuPaul makes Emmy history with 11 wins, most ever for a Black artist

Ru did not make mention of the history-making win- instead thanking the Academy, Viacom and CBS and “all of you gorgeous people here tonight”

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RuPaul picking up his trophiy at the Creative Arts Emmys earlier this month. (Screenshot via YouTube)

LOS ANGELES – In a first for the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences since it began the Primetime Emmy Awards January 25, 1949, the iconic drag performer and host of RuPaul’s Drag Race, RuPaul broke the record for the most wins by a Black entertainer with 11 wins at the 73rd annual awards ceremony Sunday night.

RuPaul bested the previous record holder, cinematographer Donald A. Morgan, who was also nominated but did not win in his category for his work on sitcoms “The Upshaws,” “The Conners” and “Last Man Standing.”

The Hollywood Reporter noted, “VH1’s RuPaul’s Drag Race won a trophy for outstanding competition program at tonight’s telecast, a victory that gives RuPaul an 11th Emmy and solidifies his place as the most decorated Black artist in Emmy Awards history.

During the show’s acceptance speech, Ru did not make mention of the history-making win. Instead, he thanked the Academy, Viacom and CBS and “all of you gorgeous people here tonight.”

“Really thanks to all of our lovely children on our show from around the world,” he continued. “You know, they are so gracious to tell their stories of courage and how to navigate this difficult life [that was more difficult this year]. This is for you and for you kids out there watching. Come to Mama Ru.”

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