Lifestyle & Belief

George Michael suffers head injuries after car crash


George Michael performs during the Closing Ceremony on Day 16 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 12, 2012 in London, England.


Jeff J. Mitchell

George Michael remained hospitalized on Friday, one day after he was injured during a car crash in England.

The 49-year-old former star of Wham! was the only person injured when the Range Rover he was traveling in collided with another vehicle.

Paramedics airlifted Michael to hospital with head injuries, but his representatives said he was recovering quickly, Sky News said.

“George Michael was a passenger in a vehicle involved in a traffic accident on Thursday evening, no third party was involved,” the representative told Sky.

“He is being treated for superficial cuts and bruises but is fine. We have no further comment at this time.”

The crash happened north of London during rush hour on the M1, a busy English highway.

“The man who we believe to be in his 40s sustained a head injury and following treatment, stabilization and immobilization by land and air ambulance crews, he was flown to hospital for further care,” an ambulance spokesman told BBC.

Michael, whose real name is Georgios Panayiotou, was a passenger in the vehicle because he’s banned from driving.

In 2010, he crashed his Range Rover into a camera store while high on dope. A judge sentenced him to eight weeks in jail, fined him 1,250 pounds ($1,900) and banned him from driving for five years.