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OTRC: George Michael hospitalized for mystery ailment, then released and now 'well and resting'

George Michael appears near his home in North London on Oct. 17, 2012. (Rex Features / Startraksphoto.com)

George Michael was recently hospitalized for a mystery ailment, UK reports say, following years of health scares and personal turmoil.

The 50-year-old pop singer was taken to a medical center for emergency treatment last Thursday, the Daily Mail newspaper said, adding that a friend had called 999 -- the British equivalent of 911 -- after Michael suddenly became ill at his mansion in Highgate, a suburb in North London.

"In response to newspaper reports today, we can confirm George was admitted to hospital on 22nd May," the singer's spokesperson told UK TV network ITV. "He was discharged last weekend and is well and resting. He is very much looking forward to the release of his new single in July. Given the personal nature of this matter there will be no further comment."

Michael rose to fame in the 1980s as a member of Wham!, known for the song "Careless Whisper," and later released solo singles such as "Faith" and "I Want Your Sex." His sixth album, "Symphonica," hit stores in March.

He has suffered several health scares over the past few years, including two that nearly cost him his life.

In 2013, he was injured in a Range Rover crash on a highway in England and airlifted to a hospital. Two years earlier, he was hospitalized in Austria with a severe case of pneumonia. In 2012, he canceled several tour dates, saying that he was seeking treatment to cope with anxiety he developed after that health scare.

In 2010, Michael made headlines when he crashed a Range Rover into a store in London. He was banned from driving for five years and sentenced to jail for eight weeks after he pleaded guilty to marijuana possession and driving under the influence of drugs. In 2007, he lost his license for two years after he was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs -- which tests showed were an antidepressant and GHB, a date rape drug. Police had found him slumped over the wheel inside a car, which was blocking an intersection.

(Pictured: George Michael appears near his home in North London on Oct. 17, 2012. Credit: Rex Features / Startraksphoto.com)

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