'He hasn't smoked dope for over a year and a half': George Michael quit cannabis after waking from coma speaking in West Country accent

By James Leyfield

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George Michael stopped smoking cannabis after he started talking in a West Country accent.

The 50-year-old singer, who admitted in 2009 he had decreased his daily amount from 25 to 'seven or eight' joints, was in a coma for three weeks in 2011 after suffering from pneumonia and was shocked to wake-up speaking in a Bristolian accent rather than his usual North London twang.

But George's producer David Austin has revealed he has now quit the drug altogether and it has been a life-changing experience for him.

Different man: George Michael's producer David Austin insists the singer's life has 'changed completely' since he gave up cannabis

Different man: George Michael's producer David Austin insists the singer's life has 'changed completely' since he gave up cannabis

He told the Daily Mirror newspaper's Hannah Hope: 'I thought that was it when he had pneumonia. It was touch and go. We were all very worried as you would be with a family member.'

'He has not smoked dope for over a year and a half now. It has completely changed his life.'

The Faith hitmaker has previously spoken about his shock at waking up with a West Country accent, but insisted there was 'nothing wrong' with the dialect. 

Close call: George making a statement to the media in 2011 about his illness, admitting it was 'touch and go'

Close call: George making a statement to the media in 2011 about his illness, admitting it was 'touch and go'

Speaking to London's LBC radio in July 2012, he said: 'I swear this is true. I came out of my coma talking in this West Country accent.'

'The doctors were worried that I had this condition where some people wake up speaking French or some language they learned at school.

'There's nothing wrong with a West Country accent, but it's a bit weird when you're from north London. My sisters, who were obviously so relieved that I'd actually woken up, were just laughing away at this stand-up comedy.'

Faith: The singer performing in Switzerland in 2011, the same year he woke up in a coma speaking in a West Country accent

Faith: The singer performing in Switzerland in 2011, the same year he woke up in a coma speaking in a West Country accent

David also played down George's accident in May last year when he fell out of a car on the M1 motorway, which resulted in him being airlifted to hospital with a head injury.

Speaking at the launch of George's new Symphonica album, David added to the Daily Mirror: 'That was just an unfortunate accident – that is all that was.'

A representative for George Michael declined to comment when approached by MailOnline.

Blast from the past: (L-R) Andrew Ridgley, George Michael and David Austin from Wham! on stage in 1986

Blast from the past: (L-R) Andrew Ridgley, George Michael and David Austin from Wham! on stage in 1986

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Help I've fallen, and I can't get up....is that you George, what on earth are you doing on the motorway..get up.

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Have you tried opening the car door whilst its moving , its hard , let alone fall out.

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First off, thought the headline was a joke! Well anytime anyone has given up the dope it's good news...strange how he woke up speaking in a different accent...I would wonder if it were yugoslavian or russian, but west country..not so bad...too funny!

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All the best George, just lay off the cider my dear......

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SMOKING DOPE IS BAD FOR YOU. USE IT WISELY IE WITH A VAPORIZER OR IN EDIBLES. PEACE AND POT.

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yeah, if you do anything and it gives you a west countries accent, you should give it up straight away.

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so.....maybe he isn't Greek after all ! he has been doped out for so long, he dreamt that up as well ?

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Seen him live several times and absolutely brilliant....much better than most of the current untalented crap we're exposed to.Who cares what he does or doesn't do in his private life.

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I'm anti-recreational pot, but I don't think it had anything to do with his changing accents. It'd be hilarious if it did, but if the experience got him to quit, whatever works. Smoking is bad for you in the long term, no matter what the substance.

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he should rerecord his classic hits with the wurzels now that he sounds like them. OOOOO AAArr 2 funky

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