Bedside Vigil For George Michael’s Family

While spokespersons continue to downplay the severity of his condition, the family of George Michael has flown to Austria for what the Telegraph describes as a “bedside vigil.”

The singer, who is being treated in hospital in Vienna, Austria, is said to be responding to treatment and “slowly improving”. He had been joined by his 75-year-old father Kyriacos Panayiotou, who is known as Jack Panos, as well as sisters Melanie, 49 and Yioda, 53. His former boyfriend, art dealer Kenny Goss, is also due to join the group in the Austrian capital shortly. The 48-year-old star’s boyfriend, hair stylist Fadi Fawaz, has kept a bedside vigil since the singer fell ill on Monday of last week. Fawaz, 38, reportedly appeared tired and drawn as he left the hospital over the weekend. He was accompanied by two women, believed to be Michael’s sisters, one of whom held her head in her hands waiting in the hospital lobby.

Christian activists on Twitter continue to gleefully report on Michael’s condition. Some are openly praying for his “death from AIDS.” No reliable report has ever been issued on Michael’s HIV status.