Singer George Michael recovering after falling out of moving SUV
Police waiting to question singer after bizarre accident
Police are still waiting to talk to singer George Michael after he fell from a moving vehicle at 110 km/h, British newspapers are reporting.
The singer remains in hospital after the incident, which occurred six days ago, and is recovering from his injuries, his publicist said.
“I can confirm that George remains in hospital but purely as a standard precaution for observation because he suffered some bumps and cuts to his head,” the spokeswoman said.
British media have reported that the 49-year-old former Wham! front man fell out of the SUV he was travelling in at about 110 km/h just outside London during rush hour – the latest of a string of recent accidents and health scares.
The tabloid Sun newspaper interviewed a woman who said she had skidded to a halt after the singer fell out of the Range Rover in front of her, and that she used her car to shield him from other vehicles.
“There was a nasty cut on his forehead and the back of his head. There was blood all down his face and on his teeth,” the Sun reported driver Katherine Fox as saying.
Other papers have since reported that Michael was “trying to close the door properly” when he fell from the vehicle.
Topspeed.com reported yesterday that police have opened an investigation into the incident and will announce their findings within a few weeks. They have yet to speak with Michael, who was a passenger in the SUV, although they have spoken to the driver.
Last year, the “Careless Whisper” singer cancelled a tour of Australia due to “major anxiety” brought on by a 2011 battle with severe pneumonia in Vienna, where he was treated in intensive care for a month.
Michael has sold an estimated 100 million records over his career, but in the past few years has hit the headlines for his personal life more often than for his music.
In 1998 he was arrested in California for “engaging in a lewd act” in a public toilet. He has also had a number of run-ins with British police for possession of narcotics, and served time in jail for driving under the influence of cannabis.