George Michael Woke from Coma with Strange Accent
George Michael Spoke Different Dialect After Being in Coma
George Michael suffered a very interesting side effect from his time in a coma -- he woke up talking in a very different accent.
Not that it's any laughing matter, but Michael, who had pneumonia last year, awoke from a three-week coma with a pirate-like accent.
Michael reportedly awoke and said “I’m king of the world!”
Odd reaction, but nonetheless the more interesting point is that he had a South West England dialect versus his typical North London accent.
Michael explained to radio station LBC, “My doctors were genuinely worried that I had this condition, it’s a genuine thing where people wake from comas speaking French or some other language they learned at school.”
He added, “Mine was two days of this vaguely Bristolian accent, and they were worried I could have spoken like that for the rest of my life. They were saying, ‘Oh my god, he’s got brain damage. Not that there’s anything wrong with the West Country accent -- but it’s a bit weird when you come from north London.”
Michael believes the dialect may have come because, while on tour before he fell ill, he was obsessed with a sitcom called Nighty Night, set in Bristol. He explains that he and an Australian friend were watching the show and doing “funny impressions of the main character.”
The whole experience was surreal -- and funny, according to Michael, who says, “I scared everyone when I woke up because I basically did two days’ worth of stand-up comedy based on Nighty Night in this bizarre West Country accent.”