Ever since his tragic death, more information has been revealed regarding the singer’s health.
However, according to sources, the Wham! band member also suffered from lung problems which he battled for several years before his untimely death.
According to Daily Mail Online, the Freedom singer had a near-fatal bout of pneumonia in 2011 during a European tour. It got so bad that doctors had to perform a tracheotomy to keep his airways open.
An insider remarked:
“His lungs never fully recovered. That can happen after a serious bout of pneumonia like George had… It leaves the lung scarred or damaged, which can lead to a loss of function. Part of the lung basically doesn’t work anymore.”
The musician’s smoking habits certainly didn’t help his issues.
“George made no secret about how much he smoked. Smoking can seriously affect the lungs and dramatically increases the risk of infection.”
As of this writing, an autopsy has yet to be performed.
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