Singer George Michael has a strange story surrounding his recovery from a coma. The British pop star, who was in a coma for nearly three weeks in late 2011 as he battled pneumonia, woke up with a different accent. "I swear this is true," said the 49-year-old. "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." After a couple of days, his normal accent returned and the singer has made a nice recovery. Surprisingly, several big stars have been in serious comas and survived. Here are some other celebs that spent time in a comatose state at some point in their lives.
We all know the actor for his goofy antics, but he has actually forged a strong acting career that includes an Oscar nomination. That career was threatened in 1988 when he was involved in a serious motorcycle accident. Gary was in a coma for 33 days, and doctors feared that his brain damage was permanent. He recovered and resumed his film career, but a psychiatrist later determined that the accident likely damaged his brain more than he originally thought. Since his ordeal, Gary has become an advocate for safety helmets. He once said, "I want people to understand that life is very important and that if you're riding a motorcycle, skateboard, or bicycle without a helmet, you're challenging the face of death."
The Oscar nominated actress was hospitalized in 2001 due to complications from a brain hemorrhage. The "Casino" star spent nine days in a coma as doctors tried to figure out the source of the problem. After that, she underwent surgery and eventually made a full recovery. In 2012, the blonde beauty spoke about the traumatic ordeal. "I came out of the hospital with short- and long-term memory loss," she recalled. "My lower left leg was numb. I couldn't hear out of my right ear. The side of my face was falling down. I thought, 'I'll never be pretty again. Who's going to want to be around me?'"
The legendary rock star spent years abusing drugs, but it was a 2003 ATV accident that gave him his closest brush with death. While riding his ATV at his home in England, the Black Sabbath rocker hit a pothole and flew off the vehicle. After he rolled down a hill, the ATV landed on top of him and essentially crushed his chest. Ozzy was in a coma for eight days and suffered multiple fractures, but his bodyguard prevented further disaster. "If it wasn't for Sam I probably wouldn't be here," he said. "He had to bring me back to life twice."
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